Producer updates status of Max Payne, Alice movies

Long-in-development game-to-movie adaptations on track to make big-screen debuts in 2007.

While most of the talk of game-to-movie adaptations of late has been focused on projects like Halo, Silent Hill, or the oeuvre of Uwe Boll, a pair of big-screen translations have been taking shape somewhat under the radar. It may be years before producer Scott Faye's Collision Entertainment manages to bring Max Payne and American McGee's Alice to movie theaters, but Yahoo Games' John Gaudiosi gives progress reports of the projects in his latest Hollywood Byte column.

Alice is set to make the transition first, with a completed script and a budget somewhere between $40 million and $50 million, reports Gaudiosi. Sarah Michelle Gellar (the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, Scooby Doo) emerged as the choice to play the lead in the Alice movie last June, with Marcus Nispel (2003's Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake) attached as the film's director. Faye told Gaudiosi that Nispel has "a very visceral sense of how this game world should look on the big screen" and that filming could start this summer with a release in 2007.

As for Max Payne, there's no script as yet, but Faye is expecting one by May, with shooting to start late this year or early next. The film's budget is similarly up in the air; Faye said it could land anywhere in the $10 million to $100 million range. Gaudiosi also reports that Faye is working on a third game-to-movie project but did not specify what it was. If all goes according to plan, the film version of Max Payne could also see release in 2007.

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66 comments
Deines75
Deines75

Well, here it is September 2007 already and Alice isn't out yet. I'm seeing things on IMDB.com that suggest a release in July 2008. But that's soo far away!!!

AdMordem
AdMordem

i have only a single wallpaper of Alice.... its got me trembling to play it... a movie under American Mcgees supervision looks to be quite cool... I just finsihed Max Payne(PC) and am in the first chapter of Max Payne 2(PC).... considering i also just finsihed DOOM 3 (Xbox but i played it on an X360) and about halfway through Condemned(X360)... the scare factor of a max payne movie as well as the 'trip out' factor... what can i say? ?? This: if i was a chick i would say "I'm WET with anticipation!"

Platyphyllum
Platyphyllum

wow! An Alice movie! So cool, I wanna watch that so badly. Since the director is related to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (which i heard was a gory movie) then I'll probably enjoy the Alice movie and be creeped out with it!

theumad
theumad

Well, I think if max payne goes to screens a lot will go watch it. But i hope it will contain all the good features like max payne 2 had-if max payne goes to the big screen-

t-bag11
t-bag11

i loved playing alice. it was like nothing else i've ever played and i did manage to beat it. i hope they don't screw up on the movie. i've been waiting for years for this to come out.

rizzoraz
rizzoraz

man, I don't know about this one, do I even want to see a Max Payne Movie. that's too much.

jiggster147
jiggster147

HERE IT IZ FOLKS (or at least how it should be).........MICHAEL VARTAN AS MAX PAYNE!!!!!!!!! WHADDYA THINK?

LuNcHbOx313
LuNcHbOx313

Alice was one of thoes games I wish more people played. The game was great and I cant wait for the movie. I just hope she can look twisted enough. I'm sure they can get the world to look good enough, but I hope she can look twisted.

Mitrix
Mitrix

I love max payne, i really hope that game turns out great.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Well, with Michelle Gellar playing as Alice, I'm pretty sure the entire movie will be a bunch of stuttering, emotionless crybaby garbage. Way to ruin an experience!

Quezakolt
Quezakolt

noo not sarah michelle g... booo :( That third-rate actress already ruined the movie for me. Too bad the game and it's wicked universe kicked ass.

dchan01
dchan01

Max Payne would be awesome if they are able to exude the level of complexity that the games do. I debated throughout the entire games whether my character was really doing everything I was seeing or if I was just inside the mind of an delusional person.

arjnav
arjnav

will there be a max payne 3 to go with that?

Mista_Sal
Mista_Sal

I've been waiting on The Alice movie for a long time now. It's good to finally hear some new news on it. The game was incredible. I never got a chance to beat it, but it was good.

QuazarX
QuazarX

All they have to do with Max Payne is adapt the scripts of the two games, put them together, and make one movie out of it. I mean, it's film noir, it pretty much already is a movie.

DryvBy
DryvBy

WHY In the freakin world is John Woo not doing Max Payne???? It's a John Woo style game!

ghostpanther
ghostpanther

IF they can convince say... JOHN WOO to direct Max Payne, it will have the right kind of flair and style. Hands down, John Woo really perfected the shoot-em-up movie with things like The Killer, Hard Boiled and the A Better Tomorrow series that inspired so many emulators like The Matrix.

excessiveforce
excessiveforce

Unfortunately I see them ruining anything Max Payne tried to establish as a well crafted story. Max Payne 2 was an incredible game. I hope it doesn't end up looking like Dick Tracy.

Seraphim_24
Seraphim_24

RIght now I'm just obsessing over Silent Hill. That movie better not dissapoint, it looks so awesome. I could care less about Max Payne, but Alice could be interesting if done right. I think that's the key to everymovie based on a game they gatta do it right, or not at all... meaning no Boll.

dibz78
dibz78

MAX PAYNE movie would be ace, depending on who plays the lead.

ufopuller
ufopuller

They should use the scipt from game one - Duh? and WTF is "oeuvre of Uwe Boll"?

ufopuller
ufopuller

They should use the scipe from game one - Duh? and WTF is "oeuvre of Uwe Boll"?

molivers7
molivers7

And when is that silent hill movie coming out?

247k
247k

Bullet Time!

bamf03
bamf03

It will not work, they never do. They just look at what games have been popular and hoping that the movie adoption will be big because of the game, and that's why they turn up crap. They always have B actors because the top class actors turn down the scripts because it's a poor script. All that will happen in the movie will be some guy blowing they crap out of everything in the cheesiest way and the only resemble of the game will be the name of the character and the title of the movie 'Max Payne'

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

oh boy.....more games to movies.......

darfvader
darfvader

sarh michelle gellar down the rabbit hole? should be intresting.

mikekare79
mikekare79

I want a new Max Payne game for my 360. Also and new GTA and Midnight Club. Come on Rockstar!!!

SWEToryu
SWEToryu

Hahaha... Hmmm i' am agree with tshack5188 about the Alice movie.. About Max Payne ok....Just maybe but i prefer it on game instead...Make a new Max Payne 3.. See what happens about the movie...

DevilHunterX
DevilHunterX

SMG is one of the worst actress they could cough up for this role. Maybe they should get that girl in the tape from Ring

blazealot420
blazealot420

Screw the movie wheres my damn Max Payne 3!!!!

BurningWreck
BurningWreck

A Grand Theft Auto movie? You mean Scarface? Or Boyz in The Hood?

Jahalo
Jahalo

Really? Sarah Michelle Gellar? Is she right for the huge character she would have to portray? I thought that was a very original game, so the movie better do it justice, unlike some other game to movie transitions.

cartoon966230
cartoon966230

the guy in sin city....with the ugly face looking for goldies killer.......would be perfect for a max payne....also has an intrest in jackets''like max

cartoon966230
cartoon966230

it would be awsome if the third project in the works is a movie based on a grand theft auto script....but dont make this big'' just saying max payne owned by rockstar...and the third movie not mentioned based on a game

freedomk
freedomk

I'm wonder if max payne movie have slow-mo like it did in the game. It pretty if it use like matrix-style bullet action sequence

Reetesh
Reetesh

ate least UWE boll is Not making thje Movie it SHOULD be nice :D

K1LLSWITCH
K1LLSWITCH

Dont bother... Dont even buy the ticket. It's going to end up like crap just like the rest of them.... NEXT!

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

The fact that Christina Ricci's weird looking and like a child in an adult's body makes her perfect for Alice. In the meantime, Keifer Sutherland's perfect as Max Payne, I agree...

Cyberwolf1313
Cyberwolf1313

Christina Ricci is too weird looking. It's like a child with an adults body. Meanwhile I would rather Christina Ricci as Sarah Michelle Gellar is just too damn fugly and annoying.

yukine
yukine

Sarah Michelle Gellar? Meh... I think Christina Ricci would of played a better Alice.

azizrulez
azizrulez

pls dont let uwe boll make them

hush404
hush404

Errm I'm not quite sure how I feel about Sarah Michelle Gellar playing Alice... but hey! We're finially gettting Alice!! F'n right! I can't wait!

GreyFoxV1
GreyFoxV1

2007 is going to have alot of game to movie adaptions which ought to be interesting...

ZEELIX
ZEELIX

well noir but not a movie that sucked like sin city. and yah a 3rd game would be nice but aint rockstar got there hands full enough now?

THF2
THF2

There are way too many unknowns about each movie to tell whether they will be good or not. I can give the benefit of the doubt to the director of Alice, as I was unimpressed with the Texas CM. Max Payne has the potential to be good, but it will all come down to who's directing and starring in it. The story in MP just isn't original enough.

Ace_of_Sevens
Ace_of_Sevens

I like Sarah Michelle Gellar, but isn't she way too old to play Alice?