After a last minute push from the Alice faithful, Spicy Horse’s Kickstarter for the Alice: Otherlandsfilm rights bounded over the original $200,000 goal with $222,377 in funding in addition to more pledges coming in via Paypal.
“I’m more excited than a shark in a tornado,” said American McGee, CEO of Spicy Horse. “We’re already in meetings and I’m on the road next week to wrangle up more interest. Working with Alice and the Insane Children that love her is one of my favorite things in the world.”
Successful funding of the Alice: Otherlands Kickstarter enables Spicy Horse to acquire the film rights to the American McGee’s Alice IP and start production on a series of digital short films. Notables like Tsui Hark (Once Upon A Time in China) and Chris Vrenna of Nine Inch Nails/Marylin Manson have already announced their participation, with further outreach ongoing after the campaign’s success.
Going over the original goal permits the creation of a series of animated short films, with larger animated series possibilities now available as well as development work on a feature film and potentially larger funding options for a larger-scale feature film in the future.
Pre-production on the digital shorts will begin right away with a scheduled launch date of December 2014.
The Kickstarter for Akaneiro is now live here. I think it’s a unique Kickstarter because the product in question actually exists(!) and people are playing it now, but the Spicy Horse team would like to make it even more awesome than it is currently. Spicy Horse and American McGee have made some great games, others not. They’ve gone really far with this game and want to finish it and let more people play it.