Drew Barrymore to Direct WIZARD OF OZ Flick, SURRENDER DOROTHY

     May 18, 2010

Everyone is off to see the Wizard these days.  Drew Barrymore is the latest to throw on a pair of ruby slippers as Pajiba reports that she’ll make Surrender Dorothy as the follow-up to her directorial debut, Whip It.  First announced in 2002, Barrymore was then attached to star in the Wizard of Oz-inspired flick that Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction) wrote. The actress/producer/director was originally going to play “the great, great granddaughter of Dorothy who has to learn how to use the power of those ruby red slippers to keep the Wicked Witch of the West from taking control of the kingdoms of Earth and Oz.”  But now that Barrymore is eight years older, I wonder if she’s going to take another role or just stick to directing/producing the film.

I liked Whip It although I think Barrymore should have given the film a harder edge.  Hit the jump to learn about the other Wizard of Oz-based movies currently in development.

As we reported in March, Warner Bros. currently has two Wizard of Oz-related flicks in the pipeline although neither has a lot of momentum right now.  The first is called Oz and we don’t know much about the film other than it was written by Shrek Forever After writer Darren Lemke.  The other project is currently untitled but very sounds similar.  However this version was written by Josh Olson (A History of Violence) and has Spawn creator Todd MacFarlane on board as a producer.  I’m left to wonder if Olson’s version drew inspiration from MacFarlane’s Wizard of Oz figures.

Then there’s Oz the Great and Powerful which may star Robert Downey Jr. with Sam Mendes directing.  In this version, “the wizard is a charlatan who’s part of a traveling circus but goes on a similar odyssey as Dorothy when he mysteriously lands in Oz.”

Finally, Universal is developing an adaptation of the musical Wicked.  Of all these proposed Wizard of Oz projects, this is the one I’d like to see most.

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