After scoring major success in Wonderland a few years ago with the miniseries Alice, Syfy is heading to Oz next. But this time there’s a post-apocalyptic twist.
The network has hired director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) to produce the miniseries Warriors of Oz, which is based on an original idea he’s been developing.
The project is being described as “fantasy-action,” and will follow a modern-day warrior transported to the post-apocalyptic future Oz. Once there, he must team up with three more warriors, dubbed Heartless, Brainless and Coward. The team is tasked with taking out the evil Wizard who has taken over Oz.
Bekmambetov is currently searching for a writer to pen the project, and he might stay on to direct if his schedule is clear. This is an interesting concept, and if Bekmambetov can channel more Wanted and less Abraham Lincoln it could turn out pretty cool. If nothing else, it could be a neat twist on a classic.
The new Oz series joins a slew of other new projects in the works at Syfy, including miniseries based on Larry Niven’s Ringworld and on Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End.