Is Warner Bros. Really Off To See a New WIZARD OF OZ? Not So Fast.

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Hollywood is certainly no stranger to the idea of remakes. With the success of the groundbreaking and visually charged three-dimensional films, Avatar and Alice in Wonderland, it seems that the desire to give classic films the 3-D makeover has quadrupled overnight.

Reportedly, Warner Bros. currently has two potential Wizard of Oz related projects in the works that they feel would benefit from a modern day revamping.  However, based on reliable sources (and Steve will say more after the jump), it seems that neither of the reported projects has actually seen any movement in over a year. Perhaps the success of the two aforementioned films will ultimately prove to be a catalyst for green lighting this project. Hit the jump for more on the projects reportedly in the works and to check out my opinion on the possible remake:

The Wizard of Oz movie image (5).jpgAccording to The Los Angeles Times, one of the two following Wizard of Oz projects could potentially grace the big screen in the near future.  The first, simply called Oz, has been penned by screenwriter Darren Lemke, one of the co-writers on the upcoming, Shrek Forever After.  The other is untitled, as of yet, but seems to be less of a remake and more of a sequel, in which the granddaughter of Dorothy makes a trip to Oz do battle against evil.  With Josh Olson (A History of Violence) serving as screenwriter and Todd MacFarlane (creator of Spawn) on board to produce, this version seems to be coming from a much darker place.

Hollywood has already attempted two sequels, one animated (Journey Back to Oz -1974) and one live action (Return to Oz – 1985). Both failed miserably. Although Hollywood remakes of already classic films tend to be more miss than hit, in my opinion, I think the darker “sequel” could prove the be incredibly entertaining.  Especially when you add the new way we’ve only just begun to view films through the magic of 3-D glasses.  The original The Wizard of Oz broke ground with its use of Technicolor way back in 1939.  It would only be right for Oz to break some ground in the world of 3-D. It will be interesting to see if Warner Bros. can go against the odds and deliver us a hit.

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Steve here with an update to Max’s story.  When the article was posted on the L.A. Times, I contacted a few of my sources and found out while the info in the article is true, their hasn’t been active movement on either property for over a year.  The way my sources spoke, it’s a hit whoring article on very old news.  So please don’t go thinking a new Wizard of Oz movie is right around the corner, as nothing is happening on either project right now.

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  • janeyoz

    MEH. They've already done it!

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1592287/

  • Collin

    I know remakes are the thing to make money now-a-days….but I have to draw the line somewhere.

  • Collin

    I know remakes are the thing to make money now-a-days….but I have to draw the line somewhere.

  • LemuelG

    Take a look at the Magic Land book series by Alexander Volkov. The first tome is an adaptation of the original Wizard of Oz, while the following parts are completely original sequels, using many of the established characters and many new ones. These (or at least parts 2 to 5 out of 6) would make excellent movies.

  • LemuelG

    Take a look at the Magic Land book series by Alexander Volkov. The first tome is an adaptation of the original Wizard of Oz, while the following parts are completely original sequels, using many of the established characters and many new ones. These (or at least parts 2 to 5 out of 6) would make excellent movies.

  • faustapp

    I grew up on the ORIGINAL books, by L. Frank Baum. I’ve never had any interest in reading any of the new wannabe ones that don’t get oz. The 1939 film is a adaption of the musical that was around at that time, it’s great but I’ve been waiting for a legitimate remake since I discovered their was a whole series of books which have illustrations and imagination to rival Alice In Wonderland. Honestly if you going to criticize a remake of Wizard of Oz go buy a copy for like one cent on amazon, a remake bassed on the book would be nearly 100% different than the original.

    This needs to be remade, but in the way the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was made and The Lion the Witch and Wardrobe was.

    But don’t sit on a series of 14+ excellent books and not do anything, and also don’t ignore those books to make a composite film or one set in modern times.

  • faustapp

    I grew up on the ORIGINAL books, by L. Frank Baum. I’ve never had any interest in reading any of the new wannabe ones that don’t get oz. The 1939 film is a adaption of the musical that was around at that time, it’s great but I’ve been waiting for a legitimate remake since I discovered their was a whole series of books which have illustrations and imagination to rival Alice In Wonderland. Honestly if you going to criticize a remake of Wizard of Oz go buy a copy for like one cent on amazon, a remake bassed on the book would be nearly 100% different than the original.

    This needs to be remade, but in the way the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was made and The Lion the Witch and Wardrobe was.

    But don’t sit on a series of 14+ excellent books and not do anything, and also don’t ignore those books to make a composite film or one set in modern times.

  • Garrett Burns

    The Wizard of Oz is the greatest film ever made and any sort of remake is the most assanine thing Ive ever heard. However a darker edgier sequel could be very good. It would just need to stay close to the source material. There are many book sequels and they would need to use them.

  • Garrett Burns

    The Wizard of Oz is the greatest film ever made and any sort of remake is the most assanine thing Ive ever heard. However a darker edgier sequel could be very good. It would just need to stay close to the source material. There are many book sequels and they would need to use them.

  • Faustapp

    You can’t make a sequel to the 1939 version (itself the third version, their are two silent versions) becuase it fundementally changedthe way Oz works, in the 1939 one it’s all just a dream. Classic or not that’s the worst way to end nearly anything. In the book it really happens, their no farm hands and no miss gultch. Theirs doesn’t need to be. Unless you’ve read the book don’t talk like having seen the Judy garland version qualifies your opion on weather a book that’s 109 years old and is across the board considered Americas great fairy can’t be remade when the 1939 one is remake of a stage musical and cast someone twice as old as the mainchracter should be. Their are huge portions of the book never even close to alluded to in the 1939 film and it’s not like a new version will ever unseat the 1939 one. It’s like saying they shouldn’t remake the Hobbit becuase theirs some old cartoon musical version. It’s the worst kind of argument. Tess chracter transend some old Judy Garland musical.

  • Faustapp

    You can’t make a sequel to the 1939 version (itself the third version, their are two silent versions) becuase it fundementally changedthe way Oz works, in the 1939 one it’s all just a dream. Classic or not that’s the worst way to end nearly anything. In the book it really happens, their no farm hands and no miss gultch. Theirs doesn’t need to be. Unless you’ve read the book don’t talk like having seen the Judy garland version qualifies your opion on weather a book that’s 109 years old and is across the board considered Americas great fairy can’t be remade when the 1939 one is remake of a stage musical and cast someone twice as old as the mainchracter should be. Their are huge portions of the book never even close to alluded to in the 1939 film and it’s not like a new version will ever unseat the 1939 one. It’s like saying they shouldn’t remake the Hobbit becuase theirs some old cartoon musical version. It’s the worst kind of argument. Tess chracter transend some old Judy Garland musical.

  • Ngatiara

    Did nobody see Tinman?? Do we really need yet another supposedly “dark” version of OZ? The 1985 sequel 'Return To Oz' was dark and scary, especially to kids, Tinman was much darker than the Judy Garland version. Let's face it, Hollywood has officially run out of idea's, and the only way they can continue making blockbuster movies is to revamp old movies or make sequels. I've worked at a video store for the last 3 years, and every week virtually we have sequels & remakes coming out. Hollywood need to start reading and do more book adaptations.

  • Randy

    There is a trailer for a low budget indie story of the TinMan from Baum's original work:
    check it here: http://www.vimeo.com/9137011

  • Angie

    Oh my god, just don't do a remake and do Wicked! The musical is great but a movie adaptation of the book would be something interesting to see, a different look on the happy and bright movie everyone saw when younger.

  • aaron

    I recently re-watched 'return to oz' having not since i was a child. I thought it was fantastic, one of the many classic films which were marketed as something for kids but something adults can enjoy more than them!
    I would definitely love to see a remake sans songs and on the darker side. That is..afterall what the books were, pretty dark.

  • Angie

    Oh my god, just don't do a remake and do Wicked! The musical is great but a movie adaptation of the book would be something interesting to see, a different look on the happy and bright movie everyone saw when younger.

  • aaron

    I recently re-watched 'return to oz' having not since i was a child. I thought it was fantastic, one of the many classic films which were marketed as something for kids but something adults can enjoy more than them!
    I would definitely love to see a remake sans songs and on the darker side. That is..afterall what the books were, pretty dark.

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