Acclaimed Hong Kong movie maker Tsui Hark has pledged his support for the Alice: Otherlands movie project, as the Kickstarter reaches its halfway point.
"I'm really happy to announce the presence of one of the masters of kick-ass, famed Hong Kong writer, producer and director, Tsui Hark," wrote American McGee.
"Over the years he's given the world a wonderful display of flying kicks, screaming punches, slashing blades and flying stars. Films like Once Upon a Time in China, The Blade, Seven Swords and The Killer and Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame contain some of my favourite cinematic skull smacking and butt kicking moments."
Hark commented: "Alice wanders in the eye-boggling fantasy land. The madness and violence reveal the inner power of a teenager fighting in a hypocrite world of the adult villains. I can already see the impact of the story as a movie. I'd be more than enthusiastic to participate in any effort to make it possible for Alice to come alive on the big screen. I'd join the team to make this project a wonderful success."
McGee added: "In working with visionaries like Tsui Hark, Chris Vrenna and the other directors, writers and musicians we're bringing on board, we have an opportunity to transform our bad-ass, butt kicking Alice into the definitive Alice."
All of this is still a way off, however, with a minimum of $100,000 needed in order to acquire a 12 month license to and exploit the animation rights. Half a million dollars is needed to purchase the rights outright.
$98,118 has currently been pledged to the Kickstarter which is just under half its $200,000 target.