UPDATE: American McGee has now launched the Alice: Otherlands Kickstarter to develop animated films based on his dark game series.
McGee is asking for $200,000 and has generated $36,348 at the time of writing. The campaign has 19 days to go.
Otherlands will continue the storyline of McGee's existing Alice games and see the character using her powers to enter the minds of others, such as old-time contemporaries Queen Victoria, Charles Darwin and Jack the Ripper, McGee suggests.
An American McGee game set in a twisted alternate version of Oz sounds like an intriguing prospect. One called "OZombie," however, not so much. As a result, the Alice creator is going to rename the game to something less groan-inducing.
Alice: Madness Returns developer American McGee has defended fellow Kickstartee Double Fine's push for more funds while adding a new $100,000 stretch goal to his own crowd-funding campaign.
Last month American McGee was indecisive as to whether he wanted his next Kickstarter to continue down the adventures of his demented Alice series, or to explore his own twisted rendition of L. Frank Baum's Oz franchise. As it turns out, he's opted for the latter with his recently launched OZombie crowdfunding campaign.
OZombie will take place in an alternate version of Oz where Dorothy, Tin Woodsman, and Lion must work together to overthrow the mad king, Scarecrow, and his army of brain-seeking underlings.
I don't remember this happening in The Wizard of Oz - or it's under-appreciated 1985 sequel, Return to Oz - but developer Spicy Horse noted on the Kickstarter page that OZombie is inspired by elements from all 14 Oz books and that unlike the 1939 film, Oz will be a real place rather than the dream of an unconscious farm girl.