Both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the woman who brought the title character to life, Sarah Michelle Gellar, are returning to television, just in different series. Buffy is currently in development as a reboot with a brand new Slayer, while Sarah will be starring in the limited series, Sometimes I Lie, based on the debut novel written by Alice Feeney.
Deadline describes the show’s premise as follows: “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.”
In speaking to the Washington Independent Review of Books, Alice Feeney, whose background is as a reporter for the BBC, revealed that the appeal for her writing the book was the fact that Amber presents an intriguing point of view for the story. “I love unreliable narrators and I liked the idea of one who confessed about who and what she was from the very beginning,” she says. “Amber isn’t just unreliable for the readers, she’s unreliable for herself, and that’s what fascinated me most about her. Sometimes I Lie isn’t just a story about the lies we routinely tell each other, it’s about the lies we tell ourselves. I think we are probably all guilty of that from time to time.”
“The story,” she adds at to the WHSmith blog, “navigates between the past as well as the present, including a series of childhood diaries. I think that memories, too, can often be lies. We all remember certain events, days, moments in a slightly different way, and your memory of an event could be quite different from mine, but we would both believe our own version to be the truth. It’s also a story about how we become different versions of ourselves to suit the people around us and how, when you spend too long pretending to be someone you’re not, you can forget who you really are.”
The TV series will be produced by Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production alongside Warner Bros TV.