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LONDON — A remake of the 1970’s cult classic Bill Osco’s Alice in Wonderland – being penned by Osco and writer/director Ken Russell, who died recently – will go ahead as a posthumous tribute to the late British film maker.
Russell, who died Nov. 28, was in the process of making final revisions to the script for the film.
An adaptation of Lewis Carroll‘s classic tale, Russell was to direct in 2012.
The original picture, released in 1976 and made on a budget of $500,000, went on to gross over $100 million at the box office at a time when the price of an adult ticket was only two dollars.
Osco’s Alice remains one of the most successful, highest grosssing, risqué musical comedies.
The movie’s producers Renaissance Media Entertainment said Russell’s wife Elize Tribble, will participate and “assist the team in bringing forward the production” of the musical remake of Osco’s movie.
Renaissance Media Entertainment founding member Stuart Young said the team is delighted that Russell’s wife is on board, “and providing access to all of Ken’s notes and other materials he kept on the project.”
Young said Russell had been collaborating with them for over six months and had brought “an incredible creative intensity and passion to Alice.”
Added Young: “We want to make a film that keeps true to Ken’s unique perspective for the project.”
Renaissance is raising funding for the project in conjunction with the efforts of Los Angeles attorney George Braunstein.
Shooting is expected to begin early in 2012 and is in the process of finding a director to take it on.
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