2011 Syfy Upfront Announcements (Pt. 3): Saturday Original Movies

Syfy announces what is in store for their 2011 programming, including Saturday Original Movies. Erin Willard brings you the highlights from the announcement.


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Syfy‘s Upfront was today, and of course that included info on their Saturday Original Movies.  Oh sure, some of you think they pull down the name of scifi, but I happen to know that some of you genuinely enjoy these, and variety is healthy for a cable channel, so for you Monster-and Disaster-heads out there, this one’s for you.  There are quite a few in the works, some with dates and some without, but plenty to get those hyperbole juices bubbling, including such excellent working titles as Zombie Apocalypse and Snowmageddon:


Red Faction: Origins — 2011 — Robert Patrick (Terminator 2), Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe) and Kate Vernon (Battlestar Galactica) star in Red Faction: Origins, based on the hugely successful Red Faction video game franchise. Red Faction: Origins is produced by Universal Cable Productions and UFO Films.

Twenty-five years have passed since Alec Mason (Patrick) led the Martian Colonies to freedom, and 12 years since vengeful enemies killed his wife, kidnapped his daughter Lyra (Tamzin Merchant) and left a broken hero in their wake. Jake Mason (Smith), Alec’s only son and an officer in the Red Faction Militia, has his world turned inside out when he discovers that now, 12 years after her kidnapping, his sister is still alive. As a powerful new enemy swarms across the planet, Jake goes out to find her, only to learn that his lost sister is one of them.a cold-blooded soldier sworn to destroy the Red Faction.

Zombie Apocalypse (working title) — October 2011 — A production of The Asylum.

Months after a zombie plague has wiped out 90 percent of the American population, a small group of survivors fight their way cross-country to a rumored refuge on the island of Catalina.

Gretl — November 2011 — Produced by Chesler/Permutter Productions and Vesuvius Productions.

As an adult, a witch hunter (Hansel) returns to the village where he lived as a child to find and kill the witch who killed his sister, Gretl (Shannen Doherty), only to find that Gretl is not dead and danger lurks around every corner.

Snowmageddon (working title) – December 2011 — A production of Cinetel.

A story about a mystical snow globe that makes very bad things happen in the real world when it is shaken.

Bigfoot – 2012 — 1970’s pop culture icons Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family) and Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch) face off in the hunt for the legendary mountain creature. A production of The Asylum.

St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun (working title) — St Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17th, 2012 — A production of After Dark Films.

An evil leprechaun who has been imprisoned within the roots of a majestic old oak tree, is accidentally set loose on St. Patrick’s Day. Once free, he takes out his bloody revenge on the descendants of the people who originally imprisoned him.

Roswell — June 2012 – The story selected by fans for Syfy and IGN.com‘s B Movie Mogul project. Directed by Jason Connery (Area 51, The Devil’s Tomb). A production of After Dark Films.

65 years after the original UFO crash at Roswell, another ship from the same far-off civilization comes to rescue their downed comrades – and continue their preparation to invade the earth.

Jersey Shore Shark Attack — 2012 — A production of ARO Entertainment.

While everyone else runs scared, vacationing Jerseyites fend off shark attacks on the shore.

Dungeons and Dragons 4 (working title) — September 2012 — A production of After Dark Films with Silver Pictures.

A princess and a rogue knight become reluctant heroes inside a magical kingdom.

WOW!  Kablooey!  There will be NO ESCAPE!  Sounds good to me.