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Wizard of Oz to be re-imagined by Timur Bekmambetov for SyFy as a fantasy-action miniseries

Jul. 23, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

The Wizard of Oz

How many of you liked SyFy's plan to turn 12 MONKEYS into a series? Ok, you three come with me because you're going to be the only ones that think this other SyFy series based on a film is a good idea. Well, sure THE WIZARD OF OZ was a book first but you know what I mean.

Deadline has an exclusive that WANTED and ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER director Timur Bekmambetov will executive produce (and possibly direct) a re-imagining of THE WIZARD OF OZ called WARRIORS OF OZ. Deadline says the miniseries will follow a modern day warrior who is sent into the future to a post-apocalyptic Oz. There he teams up with three other warriors named Heartless, Brainless and Coward to battle an evil wizard.

Sigh.

Does this sound appealing to anyone? You might think we've been harsh on SyFy about these series, but really can you blame us? The idea comes from Bekmambetov and it sounds like he was tripping balls while watching THE WIZARD OF OZ and DEADLIEST WARRIOR. With so many excellent shows on television it's obvious that there is talent out there that want to create original programing with original ideas, so this just sounds lazy. I would say WARRIORS OF OZ might be at least nice to look at visually with Bekmambetov onboard, but on a SyFy budget I doubt it will.

No news on when WARRIORS OF OZ will begin to air. Hopefully never.

Extra Tidbit: Remember when SyFy was kind of awesome and was still called the Sci-Fi Channel? Ah, the good ol' days.
Source: Deadline

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3:39PM on 07/23/2013
This is literally the worst idea since the last few articles published over the last few days.
This is literally the worst idea since the last few articles published over the last few days.
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1:45PM on 07/23/2013
Are they really trying to do this for the third time? They had the pretty good 'Tin Man' some years back, and 2 or so ago they also had 'Witches Of Oz', which was fun, but flawed.

Going back to this well screams desperation, and with Timur's direction, I am positive this will suck!
Are they really trying to do this for the third time? They had the pretty good 'Tin Man' some years back, and 2 or so ago they also had 'Witches Of Oz', which was fun, but flawed.

Going back to this well screams desperation, and with Timur's direction, I am positive this will suck!
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1:33PM on 07/23/2013

HAHAHA!!!

I was one of those 3 that thought a 12 monkeys series could be cool, but this??? Well this just sounds kind of stupid. Let's remake it's a wonderful life into an action/adventure story while we're at it
I was one of those 3 that thought a 12 monkeys series could be cool, but this??? Well this just sounds kind of stupid. Let's remake it's a wonderful life into an action/adventure story while we're at it
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12:27PM on 07/23/2013
Only if sharknado carries her to oz
Only if sharknado carries her to oz
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12:13PM on 07/23/2013

Wow

Just....wow, man. 1 would think that if SyFy failed enough upper management would retool the station to try & make it better. So, eiter no one is paying attention or there really are just that many simple-minded jackasses out there that actually watch the crap they put out.
Just....wow, man. 1 would think that if SyFy failed enough upper management would retool the station to try & make it better. So, eiter no one is paying attention or there really are just that many simple-minded jackasses out there that actually watch the crap they put out.
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11:37AM on 07/23/2013
Whatever happened with him doing Wanted 2? Or is that officially not happening anymore?
Whatever happened with him doing Wanted 2? Or is that officially not happening anymore?
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1:35PM on 07/23/2013
Yeah... he's the king of unfinished stories. Wasn't there supposed to be a Dusk Watch back in like the mid 2000's?
Yeah... he's the king of unfinished stories. Wasn't there supposed to be a Dusk Watch back in like the mid 2000's?
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10:41AM on 07/23/2013

De ja vou

Didn't syfy already do this with Zooey Daschnel?
Didn't syfy already do this with Zooey Daschnel?
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11:10AM on 07/23/2013
"Tin Man" back in 2007. Was a good mini-series.
"Tin Man" back in 2007. Was a good mini-series.
11:24AM on 07/23/2013
Yeah, I thought of that mini series too.
Yeah, I thought of that mini series too.
11:36AM on 07/23/2013
Was thinking the same thing while reading the article.
Was thinking the same thing while reading the article.
12:40PM on 07/23/2013
They also did, somehow not that bad, re-imaginations of Alice In Wonderland and Peter Pan (a prequel)...
They also did, somehow not that bad, re-imaginations of Alice In Wonderland and Peter Pan (a prequel)...
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