SyFy Updating Fairytales

Based on the only evidence we have, the botched attempt at modernizing The Wizard of Oz with the aggressively annoying Tinman, it gives me great pause to hear SyFy is updating fairytales for their Saturday night block of original movie programming. 

The network is airing five titles that give a contemporary twist on a classic story, from Hansel & Gretel (years after escaping the witch in the haunted forest, Hansel returns seeking revenge) to Little Red Riding Hood (a descendant of Little Red discovers her family secretly hunts werewolves).

“It’s exciting to take a treasured brand and put our own sideways spin on it,” said Thomas Vitale, executive vp programming and original movies at Syfy. “By turning familiar timeless stories inside out, we’re creating an entertaining new genre for our popular Saturday night movie franchise.”

Okay, I’m mildly intrigued.  The series kicks off with “Beauty and the Beast” on Feb. 27.  No indication if Ron Perleman or Linda Hamilton will be making an appearance.

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