Syfy movie series to update fairy tales

Mon Feb 1, 2010 12:39am EST

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Syfy is reinventing fairy tales and pop-culture characters as part of its Saturday night TV movie franchise.

The network will air five titles that each put a contemporary twist on a classic story, from Hansel & Gretel (years after escaping the witch in the haunted forest, Hansel returns seeking revenge) to Little Red Riding Hood (a descendant of Little Red discovers that her family secretly hunts werewolves).

The series is partly inspired by the network's mandate to find projects with broader appeal that began in earnest last year with the network's rebranding from Sci Fi to Syfy.

Syfy's Saturday movies continue to be one of the last bastions of regularly produced made-for-TV movies. Each film is typically an international co-production made with a budget of about $2 million and shot on 35mm film. Syfy works with about 10 independent studios, which also distribute the titles on DVD. Each movie tends to average about 1.8 million viewers on Saturdays during the network's twice-monthly original airings.

Syfy's series of fairy-tale titles kicks off with "Beauty and the Beast" on February 27.

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