Fairy tales are certainly becoming all the rage these days. With TV shows like Once Upon a Time and Grimm, and 786 movies coming out about Snow White, it’s pretty clear that they’re becoming Hollywood’s new trend. Whatever keeps people from obsessing over sparkly vampires, I guess.
Fairy Tale stories seem to be all the rage these days on TV, with ABC premiering Once Upon a Time tonight and Grimm kicking off over on NBC this Friday. Here at Grizzly Bomb, we offer to keep you abreast of the goings on of these two very similar stories, offer our ever witty commentary, and complete coverage on what I like to call:
TV’S FAIRY TALE FALL BRAWL!!!
(Cue Boxing bell ding)
In one corner, we have ABC’s Once Upon a Time. The Sunday night slot isn’t too shabby for a new show, sandwiched between AFV and Desperate Housewives (which I understand are shows that people are still watching). The show is the new project of the makers of Lost, which gets my intrigue juices flowing. However, the seemingly cheesy storyline and the far-fetched premise make it seem out of touch with an inability to relate to the average human being. Could this show make it on clout and reputation alone?
On the other corner, we have NBC’s Grimm. Produced by the same people who worked on Buffy and Angel (not Joss Whedon), it clearly looks like the better show. The story focuses around Nick Burckhardt, a homicide detective who can see fairy tale characters. I have high hopes for this one, however, there are a few things working ominously against it.
- It may have trouble settling on an audience depending on how they play it. I don’t know many men that love fairy tales, and I don’t know many women that love gore. The smart thing to do, considering ABC has got the fluffy fairy tale thing covered, is to outright target a male audience. The trailers at first seemed to be focusing on creatures that are ugly and murderous, but lately they’ve been shots of dead princesses. They may be tempted to straddle that line, and it may end up working for them, but it also may not.
- The time slot sucks. Friday night is where prime time goes to die, with very few exceptions to this rule. Not to mention, it’s competing for air time with Fringe, which is going to be a tough competitor.
- NBC has put out some real stinkers lately. Their show cancellation count is already up to two, and it’s only October. Also, Grimm was already pushed back once. Not a good sign for movies, not a good sign for television.
Back to the brawl…
This Fall, ABC will be airing Once Upon a Time, a fairytale with a twist. The plot revolves around Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison– House, How I Met Your Mother), a bail bonds collector who lives in Maine. She is a part of a parallel universe, along with several other people in her town, only none of them remember their true lives or their identities. She gave her son up for adoption years before to a town called “Storybrooke”.
Emma is now 28 years old, and her son Henry is in need of her help. After being given a book of stories by his school teacher (Ginnifer Goodwin – Big Love, Something Borrowed) Henry finds the mother who gave him up as a baby.
Henry tells her of her other identity: She is Snow White’s daughter. Snow White (also played by Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas – Thor) sent her away as a baby to protect her from the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla– 24). Also from the realm of fairy tales is the infamous Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle – 24: Redemption). Now, Emma must fight in an epic battle for good to power over evil.
Once Upon a Time comes from the creators of Lost, and according to THR, they’ve just added a writer who may sound familiar to many of you – Jane Espenson. Jane is probably most famous for her work with Joss Whedon on shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse and Firefely, but that’s not all she’s done. She was also one of the driving forces behind both Battlestar Galactica and it’s spinoff Caprica, and most recently penned the screenplay for the 7th episode of Game of Thrones – ‘You Win or You Die’.
The costumes and sets that are in the clips I’ve seen look absolutely phenomenal and not at all cheesy. My only worry is how they will transition from modern day Maine to a magical land with evil queens, curses, and fairytale characters.
I hope they do it like they did in Disney’s Enchanted… through a sewer. Here is the official trailer:
In addition, ABC has also released a couple of Sneak Peak clips…
The role that Hugh Jackman, Johnny Depp and Viggo Mortensen all passed on has now been claimed by the Mighty Thor – Chris Hemsworth. He will star in Snow White and the Huntsman along with Kristen Stewart.
Hemsworth will of course play said Huntsman and Stewart will play perhaps the ugliest Snow White there could have ever been. She has the face of a rodent and I stand by that claim no matter what anyone says. So don’t anyone challenge me on it. Here is a plot synopsis, which of course could be completely different by the time a trailer is released:
An updated take on the Brothers Grimm tale, “Snow White and the Huntsman” follows Snow White (Kristen Stewart) after The Evil Queen (Charlize Theron) calls upon The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), to try to kill her. The Huntsman, who is haunted by the death of his wife by a white wolf, goes off to kill the innocent princess but then has a change of heart. He decides to mentor her and teach her to fight off The Evil Queen, thus turning her into a legendary heroine. –MovieNewz
I’m not sure what to make of this movie at all, but I can’t blame Hemsworth for taking the role. After Thor he’s going to be all over the place. He’s already set to star in Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods and of course the Avengers. He is also starring in the remake of Red Dawn (filmed locally) which has already completed filming. The sky is the limit for this guy.
It seems like Oz: The Great and Powerful is gearing up to be quite a flick. This is a prequel to the much beloved Judy Garland classic from 1939. It takes place years prior to Dorthy and Toto’s arrival, this time focusing on the arrival ‘the Wizard’; James Franco. I’m a big fan of Franco, and I can’t wait to see him in his portrayal of the Wizard, as he arrives in the land of Oz. His character is described as such:
“a fast-talking snake oil salesman and illusionist who flees a traveling circus and winds up whisked away in a hot air balloon by a tornado to Oz where he must face off against real magic and the sisters battling for control of the land.”