March 08, 2010 | 1:34 p.m.
GUEST ESSAY Bestselling author Frank Beddor knows the landscape of Wonderland as the creator of the “Looking Glass Wars” series of novels and the “Hatter M” graphic novels. Today, as Disney basks in the glow of a $210-million opening weekend of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” Beddor considers the pop-culture persistence of the Mad Hatter. Riddle: When is a Hatter NOT Mad? Shatterpated! Barmy! Raving! Amok! Berserk! I love the smell of madness in the morning. The popularity of “Alice in Wonderland” has endured for nearly 150 years and been read by generations, so it understandably captures a large part of our shared imaginative history. And it’s not just books, film and television that riff on Alice and Wonderland, but music, clothing lines, nightclubs, games, toys etc. etc. etc. Across the pop culture spectrum, from artists and musicians to ad agencies and Internet […]
Nov. 11, 2009 | 8:29 p.m.
A Monopoly movie? When word first spread about Universal’s plan to make a film based on the venerable board game, it wasn’t hard to predict the smirking suggestion from every skeptic within arm’s reach of a computer keyboard: ”Do not pass go, do not collect $200 … “ Then came word that Ridley Scott, of all people, was interested in directing the project and, well, observers just didn’t know what to think. Why on earth would the filmmaker behind “Gladiator,” “Alien” and “Blade Runner” be interested in the dapper little cartoon-capitalist called Uncle Pennybags? But Frank Beddor, a pivotal figure in the project’s odyssey, says doubters should remember that a film’s core concept is merely a starting place, not the whole ride. “Everybody reacted the same way when they heard that there was going to be a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean‘ movie — and I did too.” I talked to Beddor […]
Nov. 04, 2009 | 1:43 p.m.
The rabbit hole is getting crowded again. It’s been 144 years since Lewis Carroll introduced the world to an inquisitive girl named Alice, but her surreal adventures still resonate – Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” arrives in theaters in March and next month on SyFy it’s “Alice,” a modern-day reworking of the familiar mythology with a cast led by Kathy Bates and Tim Curry. And then there’s “The Looking Glass Wars,” the series of bestselling novels by Frank Beddor that takes the classic 19th century children’s tale off into a truly unexpected literary territory – the battlefields of epic fantasy. The series began in 2006 and Beddor’s third “Looking Glass Wars” novel, “ArchEnemy,” just hit stores in October, as did a tie-in graphic novel called “Hatter M: Mad with Wonder.” Beddor said it’s intriguing to see other creators at play […]