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Syfy Updates Fairy Tales for Movie Franchise

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 1st 2010 10:00AM

SyFySyFy has been reinventing things with mixed success. They have 'Battlestar Galactica', their gold standard, but they also have 'Flash Gordon' and numerous other bombs. They've also had mini-series based on classic tales like 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'Alice in Wonderland'. Now, they're going to even older stories by creating a television movie franchise based on classic fairy tales. One benefit of this idea is that nobody is owed any creator fees as most fairy tales are in the public domain.

Of course, much like their previous mini-series such as 'Tin Man' and 'Alice', these stories will have a modern, adult spin. For example, 'Hansel and Gretel' will now become a revenge flick. 'Little Red Riding Hood' could very well turn into a copy of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' where Red hunts down werewolves.

This idea might work, and some of the movies might even become backdoor pilots if done well enough (despite the limited budget of each). Of course, this concept has already sort of been done with DC Comics' 'Fables' series, but using that directly would involve paying for rights.

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If SYFY really wants these TV movies to take off they need better writing. I would suggest they hire from their sister station USA which have some really decent shows like Monk, Pysch, Burn Notice, and Whiter Collar.

They need to think about the story before they add the eye candy effects.

February 01 2010 at 10:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Can't be any worse than a lot of the schlock-fests they're already showing on Saturday nights.

February 01 2010 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

loved the Tin man didn't care for Alice but I hope they make more. Any thing is better than network tv

February 01 2010 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i thought tin man was fine. i just hate the fact that they canceled a good show like dresden files (which was just getting its legs) and replaced it with an AWFUL show like flash gordon.

February 01 2010 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Ganesh's comment

Agreed. I was disappointed when they ditched Dresden files.
But I will probably check the new fairy tales out to see if there's anything interesting or dvr worthy.

February 01 2010 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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