Movie: Eat me Drink me
When I started out to write this post it was heading in very a different direction to one which it has ended up going. Initially I was following up on a report that Sarah Michelle Gellar had been dropped from an upcoming film and that she had been replaced by former LOST sourpuss, Maggie Grace.
As it turns out, Gellar has not been replaced and the rumour probably, somehow, stems from the fact that she and Grace both appeared in SUBURBAN GIRL… or maybe someone just made it up. Whatever the case, nobody lost their job which is disappointing because that’s what I intended to post about. You know, one of those nonsensical “Suck it Gellar!! That’ll learn you for walking out on BUffY!!!” posts.
Where this post took a new direction — rather than just being scrapped altogether — was when I looked into the film, from which Gellar had supposedly been removed, ALICE.
I had been aware of the film, I even mentioned it in a post back in September of 06, but I’ve only now realised that it is to be based on the Rogue Entertainment game ‘American McGee’s Alice’.
American McGee’s version the wonderland created by Lewis Carroll is dark and twisted, in fact Alice herself is a much changed girl. Following the death of her parents (shortly after her return from her adventures Through the Looking-Glass), Alice is institutionalised and remains catatonic for several years, that is until she is summoned back to wonderland by the White Rabbit.
Wonderland is now under the rule of an evil Queen of Hearts and Alice (beginning at The Village of the Doomed), must make her way through its various provinces before confronting the evil Queen.
One of the most engaging aspects of the game is the original score by former Nine Inch Nails live drummer Chris Vrenna, hopefully his work will make it into the adaptation too.
In the right hands a film adaptation of American McGee’s Alice could really become a cult classic. As excited as I am by the prospect of this film though, I did have some reservations about director Marcus Nispel’s ability to deliver a movie with the right kind of disturbed-nether-worldly-tone… that is until I saw that his resume includes “The Very Best of Cher: The Video Hits Collection”.
Clearly, the man knows disturbed!