Syfy Eyes Post-Apocalyptic Wizard of Oz Mini

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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.)



Comments (52)

  • Was “Tin Man” not enough?

    Comment by neums (@neums) – July 22, 2013 06:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You took the words right out of my post…

      Comment by WayneInNYC – July 22, 2013 06:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • oh i forgot about that horror

        Comment by andrew – July 22, 2013 06:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed

      Comment by Ty – July 22, 2013 08:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My sentiments exactly…
      There are a ton of existing IPs that could be used. Just because the Baum books are in the public doman doesn’t mean we have to see yet another Oz remake.

      Comment by jericho – July 23, 2013 12:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • agreed, i couldnt help but say “again” when i saw this.

      Comment by Alan – July 23, 2013 12:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • HEY…I liked the Tin Man and Alice but I will say I’m not sold on the post apocalyptic theme.

      Comment by A.B. – July 23, 2013 03:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by jrock – July 22, 2013 06:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes! That bothered me so much in the James Franco movie.

      Comment by Kate – July 22, 2013 06:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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?

      Comment by anthonynewhall – July 22, 2013 06:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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)

      Comment by liz – July 22, 2013 06:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Oliviabensen12 – July 23, 2013 05:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.”

        Comment by henninggirl – July 23, 2013 05:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Midori – July 23, 2013 09:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Oh shush. There aren’t very many shows with female leads.

        Comment by courts – July 23, 2013 07:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • ~OH THE HORROR, NOT WOMEN~

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

        Comment by Betsy – July 23, 2013 04:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree completely. I was very disappointed to see that it was a male soldier in the lead.

      Comment by paula – August 8, 2013 09:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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?

    Comment by Cory – July 22, 2013 06:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, it will be the sequel to this, called “Alan in Warriorland.”

      Comment by trylon – July 22, 2013 07:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I liked Tin Man.

    Comment by adeline – July 22, 2013 06:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nice, take a female lead out of her own damn story.

    Comment by Benita – July 22, 2013 06:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oznado

    Comment by Cuets – July 22, 2013 06:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Let me guess they’ll be zombies.

    Comment by Amy – July 22, 2013 06:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Munchkin zombies to be exact.

      Comment by majamababe – July 23, 2013 05:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nope Vampire Slayers.

      Comment by Snsetblaze – July 23, 2013 09:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tin Man, hello?

    Comment by Liz – July 22, 2013 06:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Shades of 2009′s Alice mini, am I right?” Nope, Tin Man (you asked! :))

    Comment by Michael Sacal – July 22, 2013 06:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • well i think it sounds cool, and ive not seen tin man. i did like the alice miniseries from a couple yrs back though!

    Comment by Danielle H. – July 22, 2013 06:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Liked Tin Man, loved Alice. But this is not the Wizard of Oz, because there’s no Dorothy.

    Comment by Meghan – July 22, 2013 06:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Same here. I enjoyed both Tin Man and Alice, but I’m not sure if I’ll watch this one.

      Comment by paula – August 8, 2013 09:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll still with watching tin man.

    Comment by David w – July 22, 2013 06:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by liz – July 22, 2013 06:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds lame. Remember when they used to have decent miniseries?

    Comment by Midori – July 22, 2013 06:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by trylon – July 22, 2013 07:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Mika02 – July 22, 2013 08:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Michael Sacal – July 22, 2013 08:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • SyFy did a prequel miniseries to Peter Pan called Neverland in 2011. It was pretty good, as were Tin Man and Alice.

      Comment by Meghan – July 22, 2013 09:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.”

    Comment by Mike Conway – July 22, 2013 08:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Or they could just add some of the stories to Once Upon A Time.

      Comment by Snsetblaze – July 23, 2013 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “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.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – July 22, 2013 08:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Lauren – July 22, 2013 11:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • yeeeeeah no.

    Comment by Betsy – July 23, 2013 05:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • One less passive aggressive self entitled female lead the better.

    Comment by Oliviabensen12 – July 23, 2013 05:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • wow, you just can’t keep your sexist trap shut, huh.

      Comment by Betsy – July 23, 2013 04:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Because “Zardoz” needed a remake?

    Comment by AL – July 23, 2013 08:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why do I feel like I’ve heard this before…

    Comment by Gilda – July 23, 2013 08:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Ashley – July 23, 2013 09:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ok. I did see Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. Just how is that director working again even in a different capacity.

    Comment by Snsetblaze – July 23, 2013 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by JCK – July 23, 2013 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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