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Syfy Is Doing A Gritty, Post-Apocalyptic Wizard of Oz Mini-Series. But Will There Be Sharks?
by Rebecca Pahle | 4:15 pm, July 23rd, 2013
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!