ABC Family buys rights to 'Alice'

4:00 AM PST 03/08/2010 by Nellie Andreeva, AP

Tim Burton's film will premiere on cable network in 2012

Along with a monster boxoffice haul in its opening weekend, Walt Disney Pictures' "Alice in Wonderland" has bagged a TV deal.

Sibling cable network ABC Family has acquired the rights to Tim Burton's 3D fantasy in a deal with Disney-ABC Domestic TV.

"Alice," which opened with $116.3 million domestically, will premiere on ABC Family in 2012. The cable network has not decided whether it would telecast the movie in 3D or 2D.

The sides wouldn't discuss financials, but an opening of that caliber normally fetches about $24 million. ABC Family's small slate of acquired features include the "Harry Potter" franchise.
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