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The network is airing five titles that give a contemporary twist ona classic story, from Hansel & Gretel (years after escaping thewitch in the haunted forest, Hansel returns seeking revenge) toLittle Red Riding Hood (a descendant of Little Red discovers herfamily secretly hunts werewolves).
“It’s exciting to take a treasured brand and put our own sidewaysspin on it,” said Thomas Vitale, executive vp programming andoriginal movies at Syfy. “By turning familiar timeless storiesinside out, we’re creating an entertaining new genre for ourpopular Saturday night movie franchise.”
The series is partly inspired by the network’s mandate to findprojects with broader appeal that began in earnest last year withthe network’s rebranding from Sci Fi to Syfy.
Syfy’s Saturday movies continue to be one of the last bastions ofregularly produced made-for-TV movies. Each film is typically aninternational co-production made with a budget of about $2 millionand shot on 35mm film. Syfy works with about 10 indie studios,which also distribute the titles on DVD. Each tends to averageabout 1.8 million viewers Saturdays during the network’stwice-monthly original airings.
Syfy’s series of fairy tale titles kick off with “Beauty and theBeast” on Feb. 27.
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