Well this is interesting. ABC are considering spinning Once Upon A Time‘s Mad Hatter into his own series, according to Deadline.
The initial idea was to do it with Sebastian Stan who portrayed the character for six episodes. However, scheduling commitments with his Broadway production Picnic and Captain America: The Winter Soldier have curtailed those notions, so the network is looking to recast the character.
It’s possible the Mad Hatter could initially return as a guest star in an upcoming episode of Once, which could be used as a back portal pilot should his appearance and storyline be well received.
Another scenario has the alphabet filming a short presentation with the character.
In either scenario, it seems the network is seriously considering launching a Mad Hatter spinoff centered on the character, which could be interesting for all kinds of seriable reasons.
Not least the continuity and expansion potential of the character’s arc. With his Wonderland backstory not completely resolved (though some may argue otherwise), and with his untold journeys to other realms, he’s one of the more fertile Once Upon A Time characters outside of the main crop.
Of course, a spinoff allows deviation from the original canvass, but it also offers significant cross-over potential — particularly as Once co-creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are overseeing the spinoff idea and would serve as showrunners on both series. Given that story ‘connectivity’ is Once‘s strength, you’d think they’d be looking to interweave the two stories where possible, should Mad Hatter get the greenlight.
Disney-owned Marvel is currently doing interesting things with its cinematic universe, and this could be one way for the Disney-owned network to expand its fairytale/OUAT franchise.
We’ll keep you in the loop.
Thanks to Rick for the heads-up.