Nearly three years ago, we reported that Dante Tomaselli (Satan’s Playground) was working on a remake of his cousin Alfred Sole’s horror classic Alice, Sweet Alice, though we assumed the total silence about the project these last few years meant that it was dead. That’s not the case, however, and Tomaselli has an update this week.
Speaking with iHorror, the director revealed that the remake is still in the works.
“We’ve had a series of stop and go experiences mounting the remake,” said Tomaselli. “First, Alfred’s ex-agent was confident she had funding but, ultimately, she didn’t. Then Kathryn Morris was going to serve as Executive Producer, but she couldn’t raise the funds. She did try. That was it.”
“I never submitted Alice to any small studio or anyone for that matter,” he continued. “Meanwhile, I get asked about it almost every day on Facebook. More than anything, people want to know about Alice, Sweet Alice. When is it coming? For a while it was just a concept, and there was no script. But, recently, Michael Gingold and I wrote a scary slasher screenplay, honoring the original film’s flavor. I always planned, or hoped, to finance Alice, Sweet Alice with private funding, so it could remain independent, like the original, but the financing is a beast unto itself.”
“At this moment, I do have solid prospects from European production companies and producers that contacted me out of the blue, knowing that, through my cousin, I own the rights to the remake. The original film has a huge worldwide cult following in the horror world. I’m following through and need to make sure that the money is really there.”
The remake centers on Alice, a 12-year-old girl consumed with jealousy over her “perfect” younger sister Karen. When Karen is killed on the day of her first Communion, suspicion falls on Alice. Their mother, Catherine, struggles with the loss of one daughter and the potential guilt of another, and their community becomes overtaken by fear.
As more people around Alice are savagely attacked and slain, the mystery deepens: Is this young girl responsible, or is someone else indulging a twisted obsession with murder?