Fairytales

There’s a lot of TV Series going the Fairy Tale route these days. Grimm. Once Upon a Time. Lost Girl (hey, it’s fable-ish). The genre is trending upwards. And why not? Fables and fairy tales rock! Show me one person who’s not a fan of old mother Hubbard and I’ll show you a fan with no imagination and care for pop culture. But I digress…

There’s another fairy tale classic making its way to the small screen. I’ll give you a hint: a silly blonde girl and a trolling purple cat are involved. Yep, you guessed it. Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is getting retold. Again!

There have been numerous retellings of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. So many, that another interpretation is kind of obnoxious. In this case, however, the re-imagining  has already been told… in comic book form. The three comics Return to Wonderland, Beyond Wonderland, and Escape from Wonderland are all modern retellings of the Lewis Carroll story with Alice’s daughter taking the lead. I’ve never read it, but I hear it’s an excellent series. And sexy (see above art).

Lionsgate TV will be producing a television adaptation of the series by Zenescope. Brian Robbins of Smallville  will executive produce the series and the search for a writer has begun. Robbins says that he’s looking for an experienced actress to play Alice with a relatively unknown actress playing her daughter. There’s no TV home yet for the series but Robbins thinks it would fit in well on broadcast of premium cable.

“There’s an opportunity to take something that has really great pre-awareness and spin it like we did with Smallville,” said Robbins

OK, so the guy from Smallville is doing a mature retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I’m sold!

Source: ComingSoon.net

 

Over the weekend, two “first look” images popped up online. One for Clash of the Titans 2, the other for Hansel and Gretel. Below you will find both, along with some commentary.

Call me a new age nansy pansy, but I have an ear-to-ear smile when classic fairy tales get re-imagined in some ridiculous modern way. Such as the case with NBC’s Grimm and ABC’s Once Upon a Time, which I am lovin’ the shit out of.  What can I say, my cynicism is defenseless against “everything old is new again” type stuff (Remakes and re-imaginings are two very diffrent things), especially any kind of Grimm and Aesop tale. So with that said,  I’m kinda diggin’  the Paramount Pictures and MGM joint Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.

Starring Jeremy RennerGemma Arterton and Famke Janssen, H&G: Witch Hunters is a re-imagining of the dark classic story. It explores what happened to Hansel and Gretel 15 years after the gingerbread house incident. They have become bounty hunters that specialize in tracking down and killing witches! The photo above gives us a good look at Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton). The movie was directed by Dead Snow’s Tommy Wirkola.

Arterton recently spoke to EW about the tone of the film and revealed that it is a mix of Pulp Fiction and fairly tale. Here are some excerpts from the interview (AFTER THE JUMP):

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Briefly, ’cause I’m running out to get myself some Tacos, NBC and ABC have released trailers and clips for their upcoming fairytale based shows. ABC’s (“abc,123, baby you and me!”) has got ‘Once Upon a Time’, which is apparently like ‘LOST’ but with folks in fairytale land instead of an island. NBC’s got ‘Grimm’. A cop drama but with fairytale characters.

  • ‘Once Upon a Time’ sounded good on paper, but the below clips killed any interest I had. It looks awful. ‘The Cape’ awful. Horrible acting and dialog. Beyond campy.
  • ‘Grimm’ was created by ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Angel’ producers David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf. ‘Grimm’ fits the same mold as Buffy and Angel. Which, in my opinion is a good thing.
  • NBC will inevitably drop ‘Grimm’. It will find a home on The CW
  • ‘Grimm’s’ main character looks like Brandon Routh. Which means nothing. Just something I took notice to.
  • Both shows will significantly lessen the chance of us getting a live-action adaptation of the comic series ‘Fables’.

Watch both trailers after the jump. Feel free to leave your own commentary.

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NBC and Fox have both released their Fall 2011-2012 TV schedule, now ABC has released theirs. The circle is now complete. I’d say they saved the best line-up for last, but I’m not going to ’cause it’s not. Really, in comparison to FOX and NBC, there’s really not a whole lot of new shows in the ABC schedule that interest me. At least from a nerd perspective that is . If I was a typical force feed American, then I might get my jollies off seeing Castle, Modern Family, and The Middle back in the mix. New shows like PanAm (1960’s show to play in the same sandbox of AMC’s Mad Men) and Revenge (show about an avenging ex-yuppy) might have me stroke my chin in curiosity. However, I’m a nerd. Give me something some fantasy, sci-fi, or something supernatural.

Looking over their line-up, the only NEW series that tickles my fancy is the fantasy series Once Upon A Time, a show where fairy tales collide with the modern day.

From the inventive minds of “Lost” executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis comes a bold new imagining of the world, where fairy tales and the modern-day are about to collide. And they all lived happily ever after – or so everyone was led to believe. Emma Swan knows how to take care of herself. She’s a 28-year-old bail bonds collector who’s been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when the son she gave up years ago finds her, everything starts to change. Henry is now 10 years old and in desperate need of Emma’s help. He believes that Emma actually comes from an alternate world and is Snow White and Prince Charming’s missing daughter. According to his book of fairytales, they sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen’s curse, which trapped the fairytale world forever, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world. Of course Emma doesn’t believe a word, but when she brings Henry back to Storybrooke, she finds herself drawn to this unusual boy and his strange New England town. Concerned for Henry, she decides to stay for a while, but she soon suspects that Storybrooke is more than it seems.

According to ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee, Once Upon a Time is “completely unlike Lost. But in some ways it’s like Lost … because it’s about a group of people who are trapped.” While the new series will use flashbacks like Lost, those flashbacks will be of the fairytale world the characters come from, he said.

Eh, consider me sold. Once Upon A Time and NBC’s fairytale counterpart, Grimm are two shows on my radar.

HIT THE JUMP for full show synopsis and listing of the fall-lineup

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