Friday, March 19, 2010

Cause for PANic?

Well, a re-imagining of Barrie’s eternal boy is headed our way.
Brought to television screens by the Syfy channel.

You might be aware of their other re-inventings:
Tin Man (The Wonderful Wizard of OZ)
Alice (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)

Tin Man had some interesting and rather fun changes and great little ideas in it. But ultimately the overall result fell flat. Both Bart and I had been excited for Alice, and from the ads it seemed rather cool. Unfortunately, that turned out to be pretty darn unwatchable. Eventually we just fast-forward through it, stopping at points that looked good. There weren’t any. Not even Kathy Bates as the Red Queen (of Hearts) could salvage it. [And it had no Cheshire Cat??]

And now they’re doing Neverland.
Sigh. OY. (Syoy)

Let’s at least hope for the best, shall we?

And no, I’m not going to approach it in the vein of “not true to the original” since it’s not intended to BE the real story. As I've said before, I'm not opposed to tinkering with a story to make into something else. I'm just a purist when it comes to having something try to BE the original and screwing it up... or when it's supposed to be a "part of" or "connected to" (a la a prequel or sequel) and has mistakes or isn't consistent with the original. But Syfy is reworking it entirely.

It will be on this fall, a two night event.

Here’s the article I read. It’s mentioned at the bottom of it - and there's not much more there on it than what I already told you: LINK

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There was a Cheshire cat in Syfy's Alice, though it was a very brief encounter.

I actually really enjoyed their version of the tale, the only thing I have to reproach would be the poor special effects (never have scenes with people flying if you don't have a good SFX budget...)