Buffy to play Alice

Sarah Michelle Gellar signs on to the long-in-development film adaptation of American McGee's twisted fantasy game.

Sarah Michelle Gellar is already an icon among many gamers for her title role on the cult television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its popular game spin-offs. Now it looks like the actress's acumen with the demographic is set to increase further.

According to today's issues of both Variety (subscription required) and the Hollywood Reporter, Gellar has signed on to play the lead in Alice, the film based on American McGee's Alice. Published by Electronic Arts, the semi-infamous 2000 PC game was the eponymous designer's own twisted take on Lewis Carroll's famed children's story, Alice in Wonderland.

The story of bringing American McGee's Alice to the big screen has been a saga unto itself. The project has been in development limbo since 2000, when Dimension Films bought the movie rights for Wes Craven (Scream, Nightmare on Elm Street) to direct. The film spent the next five years in turnaround at the Disney-owned and Bob Weinstein-run studio, with unconfirmed reports saying Milla Jovovich would star.

As it turns out, Universal Pictures is now bankrolling Alice, with German-born director Marcus Nispel (the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake) at the helm. According to Variety, the film will adhere to the game's story, which sees a mentally traumatized Alice navigating a dark "Wonderland" inhabited by nightmarish creatures. No production start or release date was announced.

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gatsuragi
gatsuragi

crazy8s is right the movie needs music and the only way for the film to be good is for the right tormented music i hope sarah gets it i love her

Crazy8s13579
Crazy8s13579

since i played alice a couple of years ago , i thought it was great , and now its going to be a movie!! Now it needs a soundtrack and a perfect song for it will be...................................................JEM'"s THEY aka Im Sorry !!!!!!

Angel5000000050
Angel5000000050

I think is great that they are finally working on the movie, I been hearing of the movie for a while and nothing has come up yet. Until now, I just hope that the movie becomes a hit. Because for crying out loud! They have been working on this movie for almost seven years now. So if the movie ends up been a flop, the producers cannot say in there defense that the movie was rushed into production, they have seven years. I just hope that the movie goes well, so far I am not sure if Sarah Michelle Gellar should be cast as Alice. I am questioning the success of the movie because of it. I saw the poster of the movie on Wikipedia.com and I noticed that Sarah Michelle Gellar's facial expression did not even come close to match the same scary, cold, tormented expression that Alice has on video game cover (the computer version). But who knows, I did not like the idea of Angelina Jolie portraying Lara Croft in the movie version, and at the end the movie became a major hit. I just hope the same thing happens for Alice too. Angel Issac Castillo