Sunday, September 09, 2007

SciFi Channel Re-Imagines Wizard of Oz

Someone, somewhere at the SciFi Channel has a big, massive balls. Re-imagining the classic and much loved Wizard of Oz is a little arrogant especially given SciFi Original's track record. Some of the movies are stellar but a lot of them disappoint.

Tin Man is "a modern re-imagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz on the Sci Fi Channel". That is Wikipedia's description of Tin Man. I read the plot on Wikipedia and it seems the the basic story will be the same but there are things that are way different from the original 1939 movie. I think the differences will be enough for viewers to accept this project as it's own entity. It's also probably best to keep in mind that this isn't a re-make.

Another thing that eases my concerns about this movie is the cast. When I saw that Alan Cumming was on the cast list, I was elated. The first stand out thing that I remember him in is Titus. He was amazing in that film. He was also Nightcrawler in X-Men 2. Next for drooling is Neal McDonough. He was in Star Trek: First Contact and Minority Report. Zooey Deschanel played Trillian in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie. Richard Dryfus will play The Wizard of Oz.

I'm going to stifle my expectations and hope that this is as fun as it sounds.Tin premieres sometime in December 2007.

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Unknown said...

I love Zoey, especially in "Elf" she is the cutest ever !

One correction if I may she played Trillian aka Tricia McMillan

scifirantergirl said...

Jeez... I shouldn't post when I'm dog tired. Trillian... not Trinity. I have Matrix on the brain. LOL!

Paul Weimer said...

Oh, from what I understand, they reused the sets from this miniseries for Ming's "palace" in Flash Gordon.

scifirantergirl said...

@Paul: WHAT??!?!??? Ming's "palace" wasn't impressive. Now I'm scared.

Paul Weimer said...

SciFi is getting its money’s worth with a series of sets from the upcoming “Tin Man” miniseries. The alien-world sets are being used for their upcoming production of “Flash Gordon,” which is set to debut later this summer.

“Flash Gordon” will make use of some the elaborate sets created for “Tin Man” in Vancouver, Canada, according to Mark Stern, SciFi’s executive vice president of programming. The sets are being used to create the planet Mongo for the upcoming series permiere, which goes before cameras this week.

“There are some elements of the villain in ‘Tin Man’ that are similarly dictatoresque in the villain Ming the Merciless on Mongo,” Stern said in an interview at an NBC press event in Pasadena, Calif., over the weekend. “The Wicked Witch in ‘Tin Man’ definitely has this dictatorship thing going on. So her palace has this Albert Speer-like 1930s design, with Roman columns and fascinating big elaborate halls. So we could retool and repaint and change the glass, and it will be very distinguishably different.”
We’re shooting in Vancouver, same place, but this is a very different set,” said series star, Eric Johnson. “It’s like if someone gave you the frame of a car, and you can easily put a new engine in it.”

scifirantergirl said...

Thanks for this info Paul!