can you spot the bullshit in this description of Timur Bekmambetov’s Warriors of Oz?

From Deadline:

EXCLUSIVE: Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov is venturing into television with Warriors Of Oz, a mini-series project which has landed at Syfy. Bekmambetov will create Warriors Of Oz based on his idea. It is a fantasy-action reimagining of the classic story in which a warrior from present day Earth is transported to a post-apocalyptic future Oz where he must team up with three other warriors, Heartless, Brainless, and Coward, in order to defeat the evil Wizard who has enslaved the land.

Did you spot the bullshit? Here’s the excerpt again with the bullshit highlighted:

EXCLUSIVE: Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov is venturing into television with Warriors Of Oz, a mini-series project which has landed at Syfy. Bekmambetov will create Warriors Of Oz based on his idea. It is a fantasy-action reimagining of the classic story in which a warrior from present day Earth is transported to a post-apocalyptic future Oz where he must team up with three other warriors, Heartless, Brainless, and Coward, in order to defeat the evil Wizard who has enslaved the land.

He. He. Dorothy Gale has gotten a sex change. Because women can’t be warriors.

At least Oz the Great and Powerful had the faux grace to be about a different character who just so happens to be a dude when it told kinda-sorta the same story as The Wizard of Oz.

But this is just a slap in the face.

I’m going to call this “dick-washing.” The female protagonist has been scrubbed from this “classic story.” Why, Bekmambetov? You got a problem with women?

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movieguyjon
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 8:22pm

It may be a combination of that and an inability to write women characters. And the people who signed off on this probably don’t understand womenfolk either and thought to gender-swap to make production easier.

Will I be watching this? No.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  movieguyjon
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 8:26pm

The screenwriter hasn’t even been found yet. So it’s nothing to do with inability… except the inability of Bekmambetov to imagine a female warrior.

movieguyjon
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 9:27pm

Well, I’m sure whoever they find will probably be in service of his “vision,” and he probably won’t get too progressive of a writer on something like this either. Really, the whole thing is as you say, an inability to imagine and envision a strong, female warrior.

Danielm80
Danielm80
reply to  movieguyjon
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 8:49pm

My mind works in very strange ways. All this talk about gender-swapping makes me picture a very different series. I imagine that the Tin Man could swap out body parts if he wanted to, so that he’d look like the female robot from Metropolis.

I would much rather watch that show than Warriors of Oz.

GibsonGirl99
GibsonGirl99
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 8:27pm

“I’m going to call this “dick-washing.” The female protagonist has been
scrubbed from this “classic story.” ”
I nominate ‘dick-washing’ for feminist media buzzword construct of the year!

Danny Bowes
Danny Bowes
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 3:04am

“Dick-washing” is THE neologism of 2013.

Erin Treat
Erin Treat
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 3:23am

This is disgusting. Baum was a feminist. Give me a break. They cancelled Warehouse 13 for this crap?

FormerlyKnownAsBill
FormerlyKnownAsBill
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 7:29am

well, brainless, heartless, and coward are obviously masculine. the main character should match. this is beyond dispute.

Jonathan Roth
Jonathan Roth
reply to  FormerlyKnownAsBill
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 4:29pm

I’m reminded of an ancient version of the Wizard of Oz cartoon on TV where Rusty the tin-man heartless, Socrates the scarecrow an idiot, and Dandy the lion an abject coward.

Struck me as wrong even back then.

RogerBW
RogerBW
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 1:34pm

Oh, what this could have been. (Still garbage, but it might have been enjoyable garbage.)

“My name is Gale, Dorothy, Gunnery Sergeant, US Marine Corps, 14775482. Remember, we’re not in Kansas any more… so use short, controlled bursts.”

KingNewbs
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 8:22pm

No no, you don’t understand. Dorothy will be in it. The warrior has to rescue her from the Wizard. Obviously.

Danielm80
Danielm80
reply to  KingNewbs
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 10:00pm

And she’ll look like the main character in this comic book:

http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/9/5/1/2/7/4/webimg/682083567_o.jpg

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  KingNewbs
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 8:10am

Ah, dammit. You’re right.

J Riddell
J Riddell
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 3:33pm

But…..but they already made this mini-series!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin_Man_(TV_miniseries)

Dammit, SyFy.