Syfy Eyes Post-Apocalyptic Wizard of Oz Mini

Syfy Wizard of Oz MiniseriesWe are so not in Kansas anymore.

Syfy has tapped Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov to executive-produce (and possibly helm) a miniseries adaptation of The Wizard of Oz — but with a big ol’ post-apocalyptic twist.

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Per our sister site Deadline, Warriors of Oz will follow a male soldier from present-day Earth who is transported to a dystopian future to vanquish the evil wizard who has enslaved the land.

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In his quest, our protagonist enlists three fellow warriors dubbed Heartless, Brainless, and Coward — because when the fate of the globe is at stake, you want the dumb guy and the scaredy-cat on your team.

Shades of 2009’s Alice mini, am I right? (Or, as I stand corrected, 2007’s Tin Man.)

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52 Comments
  1. Was “Tin Man” not enough?

  2. jrock says:

    What’s with the recent Wizard of Oz inspired stories having male leads? L. Frank Baum was all about having empowered women as protagonists. I call shenanigans.

    • Kate says:

      Yes! That bothered me so much in the James Franco movie.

    • This year is some anniversary for the film, so it’s going through a brand resurgence. I agree though, this is not needed ESPECIALLY with a male lead. Plus, isn’t E! set to have an Oz series out soon?

    • liz says:

      Same! Its ridiculous. That new Oz film should have been about the witches, not the wizard (who was a minor character in the book and the original film)

    • Oliviabensen12 says:

      And would you bat an eyelash if a traditional male role was given to a female? I mean Supergirl? All of these sci fi shows with female leads?

      Yeah, think about that.

      • henninggirl says:

        Except that it misses the point of L. Frank Baum’s work entirely. His wife was a suffragist, and his inspiration for Oz in the first place. His stories are all driven by strong women (Dorothy Gale, Princess Ozma) whose main concerns weren’t love interests. And frankly it’s about damn time there were “all these shows with female leads.” It may not be your intent but you’re coming off as very sexist. “Jeez just shut up already! We put ladies in shows, happy?” You might as well have written that. Also, your example is extremely flawed. How would that pitch go? “Hey, let’s make a Supergirl movie but with a guy!” “…..Um that’s Superman.” “No no no, it’s Supergirl as a dude!” “Again, that’s just Superman or even Superboy, which already exist.”

        • Midori says:

          He only wrote 6 Oz books with Dorthy as a main character, and he didn’t even want to write any sequels. There are dozens more that have other characters, even males,… So….?

          The fact it’s a male lead means nothing when it sounds like crap.

      • courts says:

        Oh shush. There aren’t very many shows with female leads.

      • Betsy says:

        ~OH THE HORROR, NOT WOMEN~

        actually, I wish they’d do MORE of that.

    • paula says:

      I agree completely. I was very disappointed to see that it was a male soldier in the lead.

  3. Cory says:

    Let me guess, next will be a post-apocalyptic “Alice in Wonderland”, even though they did an Alice mini-series just a few years ago?

  4. adeline says:

    I liked Tin Man.

  5. Benita says:

    Nice, take a female lead out of her own damn story.

  6. Cuets says:

    Oznado

  7. Amy says:

    Let me guess they’ll be zombies.

  8. Liz says:

    Tin Man, hello?

  9. “Shades of 2009′s Alice mini, am I right?” Nope, Tin Man (you asked! :))

  10. Danielle H. says:

    well i think it sounds cool, and ive not seen tin man. i did like the alice miniseries from a couple yrs back though!

  11. Meghan says:

    Liked Tin Man, loved Alice. But this is not the Wizard of Oz, because there’s no Dorothy.

  12. David w says:

    I’ll still with watching tin man.

  13. liz says:

    Great concept, however taking Dorothy out her own story is just unacceptable and I won’t be watching. If SyFy *really* wanted to do something ‘unique’ then gender flip Tin Man,Scarecrow and Lion – make them women and have an all female ensemble *and* the warrior story. Now THAT is something I would watch.

  14. Midori says:

    This sounds lame. Remember when they used to have decent miniseries?

  15. trylon says:

    Baum’s did have many Oz protagonists that weren’t Dorothy, some of them male, but I agree that this sounds like TPTB don’t believe women can be warriors. Dorothy will probably be in it as the damsel-in-distress that has to be saved by the big, strong man. Pass!

  16. Mika02 says:

    I don’t understand this just continue Tin Man there was a lot story there the 100s of years before DG and Azkadellia. Or even years after. Why recreate something like this again or do another story like Alice which was good. Recreate Peter Pan or something else why redux OZ again.

    • To continue Tin Man, they’d have to recast all the characters as it’s doubtful that any of the original actors from the mini series could reprise the roles. It wouldn’t be the same.

    • Meghan says:

      SyFy did a prequel miniseries to Peter Pan called Neverland in 2011. It was pretty good, as were Tin Man and Alice.

  17. Mike Conway says:

    Ya know, L. Frank Baum wrote around 21 books that take place in the Oz universe, and yet the only thing they can think to do is yet another rehash of the first book? For crying out loud, move on! Hell, do an actual Oz series! A straight take on the books is about the only thing that hasn’t been done yet.

    Or why not do a follow-up to Tin Man? Let’s see that universe’s take on “Marvelous Land of Oz” or “Ozma of Oz.”

  18. “Per our sister site Deadline, Warriors of Oz will follow a male soldier from present-day Earth who is transported to a dystopian future to vanquish the evil wizard who has enslaved the land.”

    This is a reimagining that doesn’t really have anything to do with the books. This character is not replacing Dorothy, at least not in the sense it sounds people think he is.

    I’d watch it. Sounds interesting, and I like the title.

  19. Lauren says:

    Because we are so desperately in need of more strong male protagonists, lets take away one of the classic heroines. Ridiculous. I won’t be watching.

  20. Betsy says:

    yeeeeeah no.

  21. Oliviabensen12 says:

    One less passive aggressive self entitled female lead the better.

  22. AL says:

    Because “Zardoz” needed a remake?

  23. Gilda says:

    Why do I feel like I’ve heard this before…

  24. Ashley says:

    Couldn’t they get back Caterina and Andrew for a series based on the Alice miniseries instead? Now that Hatter’s in New York, let’s say that the worlds can go between Wonderland and the city, so people from Wonderland are coming through and causing havoc in New York and Alice and Hatter are the only ones that know how to handle it? C’mon. That’d be so much better.

  25. Snsetblaze says:

    Ok. I did see Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. Just how is that director working again even in a different capacity.

  26. JCK says:

    More evidence that 21st century writers are so lacking in originality and imagination that bastardizing the works of genuine writers is the best they can do.

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