With two successful mini-series adaptions of the Wizard of Oz and Alice under its belt, SyFy is going fairytale wild, and they’re turning epic fairy tales on their ears! The network is known for its Saturday night Original movies, and it has peppered its originals with Whedon alumni: Charisma Carpenter in House of Bones, Nicholas Brendon in Fire Serpent, James Marsters in High Plains Invaders, Amy Acker in Fire and Ice, Amber Benson in Gryphon and Eric Balfour in the upcoming Dinoshark, set to air Saturday March 13th at 9 PM.
Now Felicia Day becomes Little Red Riding Hood in Red, one of the newest fairytale re-imaginings set to grace Saturday nights. According to Thomas Vitale, Executive VP of Programming and Original Movies, “By turning familiar timeless stories inside out — like retelling Little Red Riding Hood as a werewolf tale or envisioning a dark version of Shrek — we’re creating an entertaining new genre for our popular Saturday night movie franchise, which has become the television destination for fans of action-packed independent sci-fi, horror and fantasy films.”
Red is about a young woman who is a descendant of the real Little Red Riding Hood. She brings her fiance home, and once there, he learns about the family business: hunting werewolves! Scoffing at the notion that werewolves exist, he gets a sharp lesson in reality when he’s bitten by one. When her family insists he be killed, Red (Felicia Day) vows to save him.
Other fairytale visits from SyFy will be:
- Hansel – When a grown up Hansel returns to the woods where he had his fateful encounter with the witch some twenty years earlier, he is seeking one thing: revenge. Instead he finds Gretel, who isn’t dead but the witch’s protégée.
- 8TH Voyage of Sinbad – Sinbad searches for the golden head of the long lost Colossus of Rhodes and, instead, discovers an island where the mythical Minotaur still rules, protecting a vast treasure. Sinbad and his crew have to battle the creature and its minions to get the treasure and save their own lives.
- Aladdin (working title) – When he accidentally releases an evil genie from an ancient lamp, Aladdin must find a way to imprison the genie again before it wreaks havoc on the world.
- Black Forest – A group of naïve tourists take a sightseeing tour into a supposed enchanted forest, where they encounter evil creatures from the world of fantasy. Trapped in the Black Forest, their only hope of survival is fighting their way out.
You can read more about SyFy’s fairytale obsession at TVbytheNumbers.
Red looks as though it will air sometimes in early 2011!