McGee’s Alice Gets Director, Star

Daily Variety reports that Marcus Nispel, director of the recent Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, has signed on to helm the feature film based on American McGee’s Alice, a video game published by Electronic Arts. Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Grudge, TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is set to star in the twisted re-imagining of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale.

Firm Films and Collision Ent. are producing the adaptation, which was previously at Dimension before finding a new home at Universal. In McGee’s game, Alice looses her family in a catastrophic event and returns to a Wonderland populated by characters even creepier than Carroll’s original creations. McGee’s unique vision is being tailored for the big-screen by scribes Erich and Jon Hoeber.

McGee is now writing the first installment of a planned Warner Bros. film trilogy based on American McGee’s Oz, a toyline that is set to become a video game. A pseudo-prequel to what happens in L. Frank Baum’s original novels, McGee’s take on Oz is set way before Dorthy and Toto arrive, focusing instead on a reluctant hero who comes to save the enchanted world. The filmmakers plan to blend live-action with a heavy CG element. In addition to the screenplay, McGee is writing a novel based on the concept.

The recent film deals should place McGee on firm ground in Hollywood as he shops American McGee’s Grimm, a screenplay he wrote that’s set in the world of the Brothers Grimm fairytales.