Forget live action remakes, Netflix has just begun pre-production on a crossover film between “Through the Looking Glass” and “The Wizard of Oz.” “Dorothy and Alice” will hopefully be the start of a new trend, if only to break the endless live action reboot cycle. This upcoming film was confirmed by screenwriter Anna Klassen who was tapped to work on the “fantasy adventure epic.” Klassen is an up and coming screenwriter also known for her work on JK Rowling biopic, “When Lightning Strikes.” Hopefully, the film will be able to capture the friendship and hijinks of iconic heroines Alice and Dorothy. Girl buddy adventure film with imaginary world visuals? Sign us up.
The Cheshire Cat is out of the bag: I’m writing DOROTHY & ALICE for @Netflix, a fantasy adventure epic. I grew up reading these books & this project has been endlessly fun to craft – to reinvent treasured characters and explore the worlds I wanted to inhabit as a kid. pic.twitter.com/oaythAz4ae
— Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) April 5, 2019
The pilot version of the script was drafted by Justin Merz, who worked on Disney’s “Rose Red.” Originally, the synopsis centered on Dorothy being sent to a home with other troubled children after getting nightmarish visions of Oz’s destruction. Here she meets Alice, a girl on a mysterious quest to save the worlds of imagination at all costs. But according to Collider, Klassen will be changing the direction of the original script.
Come to think of it, Dorothy and Alice make a pretty good pair given their similarities. More than being the most iconic lost girls™ of our childhoods, the two share a lot of traits: Their innocent curiosity over surreal landscapes, kind-heartedness towards mistrusted creatures and, of course, fearless determination to come home.
While it’s still not clear how much of the original plot will stay intact after Klassen writes her own version of the tale, I have my fingers crossed that the film will push through so that “in the garden of memory, in the palace of dreams,” the two heroines will finally meet.
Photo stills from “Wizard of Oz” and “Alice in Wonderland”