Sarah Michelle Gellar To Star In ‘Sometimes I Lie’ Limited Series From Ellen DeGeneres & Warner Bros TV
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumna Sarah Michelle Gellar is set to star in and executive produce Sometimes I Lie, a limited series based on former BBC journalist Alice Feeney’s debut novel. The series is being developed by Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and Warner Bros TV whether the company is based. WBTV optioned the book on behalf of A Very Good Production, whose DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman will executive produce alongside Gellar. Oscar-nominated writer Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) is set to pen the adaptation.
In Sometimes I Lie, Gellar stars as Amber Reynolds, a woman who wakes up in a hospital, unable to move, speak or open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they don’t know she can. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. The timeline alternates between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from 20 years ago.
Sometimes I Lie is an international bestseller released in March 2017 by HQ/HarperCollins in the UK and Flatiron/Macmillan in the U.S. The book has been published in over 20 countries.
This marks a rare series-starring vehicle for Gellar, who has been sought after the success of Buffy the Vampire Slayer but has been very selective and has only done two series since — the CW’s Ringer and CBS’ The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams.
Sometimes I Lie also marks a new step in the expansion of A Very Good Production. It would be the first limited/drama series for the company, which has produced a couple of comedy series, most recently ABC’s Splitting Up Together, now in Season 2; a number of reality series, including NBC hits Little Big Shots and Ellen’s Game of Games, which just returned for a second season. Additionally, A Very Good Production has animated series Green Eggs and Ham coming up on Netflix.
Sometimes I Lie was packaged by ICM Partners. Feeney is repped by ICM Partners, Curtis Brown Group and Markham, Froggatt and Irwin in the UK. Gellar is repped by ICM Partners, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Morris Yorn. DeGeneres is repped by ICM Partners and Morris Yorn. Swicord is with UTA.
PAGE SIX – Getting into the baking world after acting meant Sarah Michelle Gellar had to work hard to be taken seriously.
“I was a novelty act,” the 40-year-old told Page Six of her company Foodstirs at a UN Women forum on Thursday. “People think it was easier to get in the door, sure, but they just wanted to see how Buffy bakes, you know?”
Gellar, whose company creates DIY baking kits and organic baking mixes, starred in the TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in the late ’90s and early 2000s.
“It’s a novelty to have me in the office, but you have to prove that much more to take yourself seriously,” she said.
As for instilling the ideals of feminism in her young daughter, Gellar said that starting her own company in 2014 “showed my daughter that I didn’t give up and that we could have this idea and we could create a product.”
Having her children around has been helpful as she works on her kid-friendly products.
“They have ideas. We’ll use them as a think tank,” Gellar said of her daughter, Charlotte Grace, 7, and her son, Rocky James, 5, with husband Freddie Prinze Jr. “It’s great to know what I think I would like as a treat, but what do kids want?”
Sarah Michelle Gellar hates to be the bearer of bad news, but she totally just drove a stake through your dreams of a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” reboot. The actor and founder of Foodstirs swung by BUILD Series yesterday to chat about her brand new cookbook Stirring Up Fun With Food.
Gellar, who is best known for her portrayal of Buffy Summers in the Joss Whedon series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” addressed fan demand for a reboot after EW’s recent cover story featuring a cast reunion for the show’s 20th anniversary.
“[Fans] want [a reunion] until they see it and they don’t like it,” joked Gellar. “By the way, this body couldn’t put up. I would break every bone in my body.”
Gellar went on to explain why “Buffy,” unlike “Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life,” wouldn’t make for a great revival.
“‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ was about the horrors of adolescence…I don’t know necessarily what that translates into today [except a very tired girl who doesn’t want to work all night long in a graveyard],” quipped Gellar.
Exciting news for Buffy fans! The cast reunited for the 20th anniversary of the show. Sarah is featured on the Entertainment Weekly April issue cover, along with David Boreanaz.
Into every generation, a Slayer is born and with her a TV series that pierces pop culture like a stake through the heart. Over the course of its seven-season run (all of which are now available on Hulu), Buffy the Vampire Slayer garnered one of the most loyal fandoms in television history, thanks to its unlikely but oddly seamless blend of genres (horror! comedy! teen soap! tragedy! musical?!?) and one of the most unique heroines ever seen on screen.
The series followed bloodsucker-hunter Buffy Summers as she navigated the horrors of Sunnydale High, both real (being the new kid, finding a date to the prom) and supernatural (snake monsters, hyena people). “It’s the ultimate metaphor: horrors of adolescence manifesting through these actual monsters,” says star Sarah Michelle Gellar. “It’s the hardest time of life.”
Adds David Boreanaz, who played Buffy’s vampire paramour Angel, “When you’re going through a really horrible part of your life, like your teenage years, you feel alone. And Buffy was a way to tell the audience you’re not alone.” Emma Caulfield, who played bunny-phobic former demon Anya, echoes Boreanaz: “It just touched on really basic human emotions, like a life blueprint. ‘I don’t have any friends. I feel isolated.’ Those sort of core human emotions.”
In honor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer turning 20 years old (and still looking damn good), EW reunited the cast and creator Joss Whedon for their first joint interview and photo shoot in over a decade. “This is surreal,” says Whedon. “For the most part, this is like a high school reunion but much worse because they all still look really great. I was hoping some of them would puff out a bit. But that did not take place.”