Just in time for the seventieth anniversary of MGM’s “The Wizard of Oz” comes news that a sequel is in the works… or rather, another sequel. Producers have been trying for years to modernize the classic film, including a rumored 2002 version that would have starred Drew Barrymore. So who’s on tap to try on those ruby slippers this time? Young Dakota Fanning, who else? Hit the jump for details.
According to assorted press reports, the teenaged Fanning is attached to star in a sequel to “The Wizard of Oz” that is being produced by Basil Iwanyk and Todd McFarlane. Fanning would play Dorothy’s granddaughter in the Warner Brothers film, which will be set in the present day.
McFarlane, best known for creating the Spawn comic and for buying a really overpriced baseball, described the new film’s take on the work of Frank L. Baum thus:
“You’ve still got Dorothy trapped in an odd place, but she’s much closer to the Ripley character from ‘Alien’ than a helpless singing girl.”
The planned remake began its evolution as a film adaptation of McFarlane’s “Twisted Oz” toy line. Writer Josh Olson was tasked with scripting the story which slowly evolved from “Twisted” to straight-up sequel.
Earlier this month Olson told PRLog that Warner Brothers, who holds the rights to the original 1939 version of “Oz”, was aiming for a PG-13 rating and a release in 2013.
And just to reiterate my point about this being just one in a LONG line of planned reboots and sequels to “The Wizard of Oz” – other projects currently in the works include “Dorothy of Oz”, “John Boorman’s Wizard of Oz” and a “Dark Oz” adaptation. There’s no place like home, right? the place we’ve all been a million times before…