'Alice,' based on vidgame, to be helmed by Craven

This article was corrected on Dec. 14, 2000.

Dimension Films and Abandon Entertainment have joined with producers Paul Rosenberg and Scott Faye in their newly formed Collision Entertainment, a company whose mandate is franchise properties for film, television and the Internet.

Rosenberg and Faye will jointly oversee the day-to-day operations of the new shingle. Dimension and Abandon will co-finance pics Collision makes and split the foreign (Abandon) and domestic (Dimension) distribution rights.

Among the highest profile projects that Collision has already set up at Dimension is “Alice” — based on the vidgame designed by American McGee (“Quake”). Wes Craven (“Scream”) is attached as director. Rosenberg and Faye will produce along with Marianne Maddelena, Craven’s producing partner. Jon August (“Charlie’s Angels,” “Go”) is adapting the vid to the silver screen.

“I’m extremely excited to be involved with something that has its roots in one of the great classics of fantasy storytelling,” Wes Craven told Daily Variety. “It also has a brilliant new spin from perhaps the premiere visionary artist of American electronic gaming, American McGee. This has all the markings of a classic ‘Alice in Wonderland’ for the 21st century.”

Fast ‘Alice’

Michael Zoumas, veep of development and production, and Ken Park, director of production, will serve as creative executives for Dimension on “Alice.” Production is on a fast track. Electronic Arts will release the videogame this week.

Dimension’s Michael Helfant, senior executive veep, and Brad Weston, co-head of production, will oversee Dimension’s participation in the Collision venture while Abandon CEO Marcus Ticotin and chairman Karen Lauder will oversee for Abandon.

Among the other projects on the fast track at Collision are:

  • “Jealous” — A Gotham-based thriller from writer/director Matt Tabak (Persistent Pictures’ “Auggie Rose”).

  • “Nocturne” — A one-hour horror television series that delves into the world of the occult, based on the Terminal Reality videogame. Brent Friedman and Steve De Jarnett (“Man Made”) will write with De Jarnett directing the pilot.

  • “Danny Rollerskates Freida Throws the Frisbee” — A tale about love on the run that musicvideo helmer Gregory Dark will direct from an original screenplay from scribes Jay Rondot and Kevin Lezak. Jason Buchtel will produce along with Rosenberg and Faye.

Rosenberg is the founder and principal of Saratoga Entertainment, and most recently was a producer on Doug Liman’s “Go” for Sony. Rosenberg also serves as chairman for CRAPtv.com. Previously, he served as senior veep of Dimension.

Prior to joining Dimension, Rosenberg was a veep of Imagine Entertainment.

Faye most recently served as veep of Dark Horse Entertainment, where he was the production executive in charge of the series “Big Guy & Rusty, the Boy Robot” (Fox Kids Network).

Prior to Dark Horse, he was veep of creative affairs at Phillips Media/Polygram Filmed Entertainment where he spearheaded multimedia development of feature film, television, videogame and Internet properties.

Rick Jacobs, formerly of Intermedia Films, has joined Collision as creative executive

Craven is expected to helm “Alice” after making “Fountain Society” for DreamWorks-based ImageMovers, based on his own novel. The director is also attached to “Drowning Ruth,” based on the novel by Christina Schwarz.

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