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Monday November 26, 2007 4:54 pm

‘Tin Man’: SciFi Channel Meets ‘Wizard of Oz’




Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Mini Series, Sci-Fi/Horror, Cable,

Tin ManI was probably five years old the first time I watched , under the assurances from my grandmother that I was sure to love the movie. Unfortunately, I was so completely terrified by the Wicked Witch of the West that I didn’t make it to the end of the yellow brick road until I was closer to the age of ten. But in the end, she was right. Besides achieving acclaim and immortality as one of the greatest American film classics of all time, The Wizard of Oz has also been heralded as the only true fairy tale to come from the U.S. From the moment -as-Dorothy Gale opens that black-and-white door to reveal a world filled with color, there is no question that viewers are about to be treated to a fantastical delight. That element of fantasy is exactly what the hopes to capture with .

(whose little sister is the star of FOX’s Bones) will play a more rebellious, modern-day Dorothy, this time with a motorcycle and a new moniker (DG). Like the famed movie itself, the is based on the L. Frank Baum novel. Basically, it’s a tale about growing up…and staying young at heart. The SciFi version, in keeping with the network, will be darker, more intense, and contain an element of the extraordinary.

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Deschanel (an actress I’ve adored since first seeing her in ) has just the right look to play the iconic role formerly portrayed by Garland, but says she will not repeat Garland’s Gale. Instead, Deschanel will make DG her own character, a modern-day Dorothy that even big-city girls might identify with.

But, there has to be some criticism. Re-making The Wizard of Oz is tantamount to re-making – book or no book, it just isn’t done. For some, it’s considered a blasphemy even to consider re-making a story so very well known, especially when the neo-fantasy, modern-day twist is applied to the century-old formula.

SciFi’s Tin Man is no lighthearted, musical fairy tale with somewhat scary witches – but a dark and twisted dive into an epic world of shadows, secrets, and the frightening mind of an intense villain. It’s going to be different, and therefore it’s going to be suspect to many movie and mini-series fans. But if you dare, the mini-series event begins Dec. 2 at 9 pm.

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