SyFy (she wrote with a grimace) loves their original movies. Who can forget such classics as Mansquito and Boa vs Python? Of course, every once in a while they hit the jackpot. The Wizard of Oz inspired 2007 mini-series Tin Man had critics and fans excited. So much so they went ahead with the similar, yet vastly inferior Alice in Wonderland themed Alice. Now, god help us, SyFy has some very interesting plans for our favorite fairy tale characters.
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The network is planning a five-title movie series that gives a modern twist to classic fairy tales. Beauty and the Beast, Hansel & Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood are the first of these Saturday features to be announced. "The series is partly inspired by the network's mandate to find projects with broader appeal that began in earnest last year with the network's rebranding from Sci Fi to Syfy," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Have they considered branching out into smaller comic properties instead of dragging our beloved fairy tales through the inevitable ringer? Perhaps similar to how AMC has acquired Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead? Just a thought SyFy.
"It's exciting to take a treasured brand and put our own sideways spin on it," said Thomas Vitale, Executive VP of programming and original movies at SyFy. "By turning familiar timeless stories inside out, we're creating an entertaining new genre for our popular Saturday night movie franchise." According to THR, Hansel & Gretel will take place years after escaping the witch and Hansel seeking revenge, while Little Red Riding Hood will follow a descendant of Red who discovers her family hunts werewolves.
Just an aside from the SyFy Twitter account (written by the SVP & GM of Digital, Craig Engler) last week: "Funny note from a meeting we had today about the Syfy Saturday movies. 'Why do people keep pitching us scripts about Killer Koalas?' " Ahem.