I noticed after our Amanda Seyfried/"The Girl With the Red Riding Hood" story went up, a lot of our Twitter followers started mentioning a Syfy reimagining. They are correct: Syfy is launching a new original movie called "Red," a re-imagining the classic tale of "Little Red Riding Hood."
We've got a ways to go until the movie arrives on TV. Syfy's press release lists a 2011 premiere. But that's fine when you consider that Catherine Hardwicke's planned taking on Riding Hood hasn't even been green-lit yet, meaning we'll likely see it in 2011 at the earliest. Syfy also announced that Felicia Day, star of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog" and "The Guild," will headline the "Red" cast.
"Red" is part of a new Syfy series of original efforts aimed at offering new takes on classic fairy tales and myths. The series launched last month on February 27 with "Beauty and the Beasts: A Dark Tale." The roots of that story should be fairly self-evident, based on the title. Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor and Hansel & Gretel are all targeted by the network for inclusion in the series.
Here's Syfy's logline for "Red": In the action-packed Red, Red (Day) brings her fiancé home, where he meets the family and learns about their business – hunting werewolves. He’s skeptical until bitten by a werewolf. When her family insists he must be killed, Red tries saving him. Red also stars Kavan Smith (Stargate Atlantis) and Stephen McHattie (Watchmen). Red is produced by Angela Mancuso and Vesuvius Productions in association with Chesler Perlmutter Productions.
Despite what some of our Twitter followers are saying, it sounds like a cool project. Syfy made "Battlestar Galactica" and now "Caprica" a reality, so they can do no wrong in my eyes. Day is a talented performer and I'm excited to see what she does with the role, and how this "Red Riding Hood" project measures up against the "Twilight" director's.
What do you think? Are you more on board with the Syfy version or the Hardwicke version? Or are you equally excited for both?