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Syfy Is Doing A Gritty, Post-Apocalyptic Wizard of Oz Mini-Series. But Will There Be Sharks?


Ahhh, in a few months people will look back at this headline and not know what I’m talking about with the sharks thing. But let me have my Sharknado reference while it’s still relevant. Let me have it.

Deadline announced that Syfy has tapped Timur Bekmambetov to executive produce and possibly direct the miniseries Warriors of Oz,

“a fantasy-action reimagining of the classic story in which a warrior from present day Earth is transported to a post-apocalyptic future Oz where he must team up with three other warriors, Heartless, Brainless, and Coward, in order to defeat the evil Wizard who has enslaved the land.”

“He”? He? That’d better be a typo, I swear to God. Give me warrior Dorothy Gale. (Also, I don’t want to get ahead of myself because we have like no information on this, but if the reason they’re genderswapping the main character is that “no one wants to see women warriors” or something like that I will flip out in a calm, rational fashion.)

Bekmambetov’s other credits as a director include Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Daywatch, and Nightwatch; from the Warriors description it sounds like we’re looking at something closer to the last two (action/fantasy, post-apocalypse Russia, vampires) than the first two.

This isn’t Syfy’s first crack at The Wizard of Oz; there was also their Zooey Deschanel-as-Dorothy miniseries Tin Man in 2007. Interestingly, a few months ago word came out that Syfy had picked up the “The Wizard of Oz meets Game of Thrones” actioner Red Brick Road as a potential series. Did Red Brick Road morph into Warriors of Oz? Did Warriors of Oz come along and clamp Red Brick Road in its industrialized iron jaw, post apocalypse-style? Will Warriors be better or worse than Oz the Great and Powerful? I’d assume better, because Oz was pretty bad, but then: Sharkanado. Why do you have to cancel your good things, Syfy? Give me more Alphas!

Ahem.

(via: Deadline)

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  • Anonymous

    I liked Oz the Great and Powerful!

  • totz the plaid

    Even if we do get a badass female lead, it’ll probably suck.

    …and not in a so-bad-it’s-awesome way like Sharknado, just regular suckitude.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    If they take one of the seminal feminist works of fiction(Baum was an outspoken feminist and suffragist who was adamant that his American Fairy Tale have a woman protag) and give that role to a d00d, I’ll flip some tables.

  • Amber

    Well the last time they tried to tackle Oz it sucked.

  • Anonymous

    The word “gritty” is quickly becoming one of my most hated word in the english language. It’s starting to sound like one of those buzzwords some people use to sound “hip”, except they build whole movies around that word.

  • TKS

    I thought Alphas was so so. I watched the whole first season but missed the second.

    Oddly enough, I felt like if they had gender swapped every character in that show it would have been way better. Is that odd?

  • Anonymous

    Whatever happened to American McGee’s “Wizard of Oz”?

  • Anonymous

    My first thought upon reading the headline was “Didn’t they already do that with “Tinman”?
    If they gender-flip the lead I won’t watch it.

  • http://professordee.tumblr.com/ DeAnna

    Imagine if the whole thing was genderswapped. Now THAT would be awesome.

  • Erin Treat

    THIS is what the cancelled Warehouse 13 for?!

  • Pink Apocalypse

    I greatly appreciate that core message of his work, and will pass on any attempt to remove it as well.

    But speaking as an ‘untamable creature’ he ‘does not regret the extermination of’, I implore people to focus on the positive aspects of his work, without delving into direct praise of the man himself.

  • Anonymous

    I think it would have been less stereotypical (engendered powersets and active vs. passive powers and etc) if they had genderswapped the characters on Alphas. I think it’d be more interesting than it was.

    Of course, I also think they just didn’t utilize Nina and Rachel in more unique ways with their powersets. Or, you know, didn’t seem to train them whatsoever for urban warfare/firearms training/self-defense. When Kat came along, though, I had big hopes and invested interest. Unfortunately, they didn’t use her much after acquiring her for the team and then the show was canceled. :

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    You are absolutely correct, he is not without his problems, and it’s my bad for ignoring that.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    I blame Orbit gum.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Welp.

    Didn’t they already do a gritty, updated version of Wizard of Oz?

  • Laura Truxillo

    Welp.

    Didn’t they already do a gritty, updated version of Wizard of Oz?

  • odango atama

    LOL

  • odango atama

    I thought about swapping the genders, too. And not only that, but also swap their ages or their personalities as well as their genders. Failing that, this is what I was considering:

    Rachel should have had Bill’s powers; Bill should have had Gary’s powers; Gary should have had Nina’s powers; Nina should have had Cameron’s powers; and Cameron should have had Rachel’s powers.

    Or something because I felt like I had seen it all before.

  • Amanda

    If Dorothy is out then I’m out! You want a ‘gritty’ post-apocalyptic Wizard of Oz, the you damn well better put in a tough, ass-kicking Dorothy Gale who knows how to handle an wicked witch or two and would rather ride tornadoes to get from one place to the other because takes too long and she’s got shit to do. This is definitely not one of those things you want to re-imagine and then gender swap the main protagonist. Hell to the no! Why not re-imagine me a futuristic type Robin Hood, and you can have all your post-apocalyptic goodness and grit, and instead you make Robin Hood into a woman with some sick archery skills. There you go Syfy, I just pitched you an idea that could work and that doesn’t involve sharks, weather phenomena, alligators, piranhas or any other acid induced idea you guys can think of.

  • Anonymous

    Man I heard about this yesterday and I was pretty excited, but I hadn’t realized the potential genderswap. It sounds pretty good but I don’t think I’ll watch it if Dorothy’s a dude.

  • Anonymous

    It makes me shit bricks to know that this is the kind of stuff getting green-lit when a Fallout TV series could have been produced instead…

  • Anonymous

    I blame motherfuckin’ Batman and Wolverine’s popularity… THANKS 12-YEAR OLDS!

  • Anonymous

    Mentioned in the article. I enjoyed it immensely. Although there was the whole ‘the flying monkeys come out of my CLEEAAAVVAAAAGGGEEEE’ thing.

  • Anonymous

    Eh. It was a good Raimi movie, but I kept feeling like it could have been great. Shoulda gone the Return to Oz route and focused on the books, rather than the movie.

  • Anonymous

    It was a flawed movie for sure.