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Drew Barrymore to direct a Wizard of Oz sequel?

05.18.2010

What's old is new again, and with the (unfortunate) success of ALICE IN WONDERLAND now comes a whole new slew of "re-imaginings" of classic franchises that really should probably be left alone.

The latest news on this front is that Drew Barrymore is, according to Pajiba, lining up to direct SURRENDER DOROTHY, a WIZARD OF OZ sequel where Dorothy’s great, great granddaughter harnesses the ruby red slippers’ power to stop the Wicked Witch of the West from taking over both Earth and Oz.

This project has been floating around since way back in 2002, but it appears that the time is ripe to get the film moving. Drew Barrymore directing seems a bit odd for a such an ambitious project, as her only other film to date has been WHIP IT! which was OK, but it didn’t exactly blow anyone away.

I have to imagine that if this does come to pass, there’s no way Ellen Page would NOT end up in the Dorothy role here, which would be pretty cool, but this whole idea still sounds pretty wacky to me.

Extra Tidbit: There’s a OZ prequel project out there in addition to this from Josh Lucas with Robert Downey Jr. attached as the Wizard.
Source: Pajiba

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1:23PM on 05/19/2010

Ummmm...

Ok, I'll be the one to say it. Didn't the Wicked Witch of the West die at the end? Dorothy melted her, right? What gives?
Ok, I'll be the one to say it. Didn't the Wicked Witch of the West die at the end? Dorothy melted her, right? What gives?
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1:10PM on 05/19/2010

Ummmm...

Ok, I'll be the one to say it. Didn't the Wicked Witch of the West die at the end? Dorothy melted her, right? What gives?
Ok, I'll be the one to say it. Didn't the Wicked Witch of the West die at the end? Dorothy melted her, right? What gives?
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11:58PM on 05/18/2010
Having been a fan of the Oz books as a kid, I certainly am not opposed to adaptations of the books, but why start with the sequel? Why not start with the first book and move onward (actually adapt the whole franchise)? It seems odd to just start with that particular story.
Having been a fan of the Oz books as a kid, I certainly am not opposed to adaptations of the books, but why start with the sequel? Why not start with the first book and move onward (actually adapt the whole franchise)? It seems odd to just start with that particular story.
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8:13PM on 05/18/2010

OZ

First of all, that is not the sequel. There are 14 books in OZ Tale written by L. Frank Baum. The Wizard of Oz is highlights taken from just about all the books listed below.
Oz
1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
2. The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904)
aka The Land of Oz
3. Ozma of Oz (1907)
4. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz (1908)
5. The Road to Oz (1909)
6. The Emerald City of Oz (1910)
7. The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1913)
8. Tik-Tok of Oz (1914)
9. The Scarecrow of Oz (1915)
10.
First of all, that is not the sequel. There are 14 books in OZ Tale written by L. Frank Baum. The Wizard of Oz is highlights taken from just about all the books listed below.
Oz
1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
2. The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904)
aka The Land of Oz
3. Ozma of Oz (1907)
4. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz (1908)
5. The Road to Oz (1909)
6. The Emerald City of Oz (1910)
7. The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1913)
8. Tik-Tok of Oz (1914)
9. The Scarecrow of Oz (1915)
10. Rinkitink in Oz (1916)
11. The Lost Princess of Oz (1917)
12. The Tin Woodman of Oz (1918)
13. The Magic of Oz (1919)
14. Glinda of Oz (1920)

So if they are indeed going to do a sequel, I'd be intersted to see how they plan on doing it.
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7:09PM on 05/18/2010
Do it! I know it doesn't need done but it would be a neat spectacle! "Unfortunate" in relation to "Alice In Wonderland's" success? really? That was great work by Burton and all involved. I want more big screen adaptations of the classics.
Do it! I know it doesn't need done but it would be a neat spectacle! "Unfortunate" in relation to "Alice In Wonderland's" success? really? That was great work by Burton and all involved. I want more big screen adaptations of the classics.
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6:13PM on 05/18/2010
I wish I could remember the name of the book, but I remember reading this story where, in a subplot, this woman complains her husband has a weird fixation on Dorothy, and screams "Surrender, Dorothy!" whenever they're having sex. So, naturally, that's the first thing this movie makes me think of.
I wish I could remember the name of the book, but I remember reading this story where, in a subplot, this woman complains her husband has a weird fixation on Dorothy, and screams "Surrender, Dorothy!" whenever they're having sex. So, naturally, that's the first thing this movie makes me think of.
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7:17PM on 05/18/2010
That is from Scorsese´s "After Hours"
That is from Scorsese´s "After Hours"
6:11PM on 05/18/2010

zzzzzzz--zzzzzz huh? what?

im [link] said something about drew barrymore dying? oh, directing. sorry. going back to sleep now.
im [link] said something about drew barrymore dying? oh, directing. sorry. going back to sleep now.
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5:53PM on 05/18/2010

great pic

I'm hip to this because that picture of Drew is smokin' hot. She is sexual dynamite. Unless I hear the name "McFarlane" I don't give diddly shit about anything "OZ".
I'm hip to this because that picture of Drew is smokin' hot. She is sexual dynamite. Unless I hear the name "McFarlane" I don't give diddly shit about anything "OZ".
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5:28PM on 05/18/2010
What surprises me is that Tim Burton didn't beat her to the punch.
That shit's really op his alley I reckon
What surprises me is that Tim Burton didn't beat her to the punch.
That shit's really op his alley I reckon
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4:43PM on 05/18/2010
Well Return to Oz was as brilliant a movie as it's predecessor while being completely different.

The only thing that makes me cautious is Drew Barrymore. Who knows though i've been wrong before. It's such a great world it's more deserving of adaptation than many other books that have had their movies.

Also Ellen Page as Dorothy's great great granddaughter sounds pretty perfect to me.
Well Return to Oz was as brilliant a movie as it's predecessor while being completely different.

The only thing that makes me cautious is Drew Barrymore. Who knows though i've been wrong before. It's such a great world it's more deserving of adaptation than many other books that have had their movies.

Also Ellen Page as Dorothy's great great granddaughter sounds pretty perfect to me.
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4:23PM on 05/18/2010
I never liked the idea of a great great granddaughter of Dorothy going to Oz. The concept seems so basic and something my 11 year old cousin would come up with. The prequel with Robert Downey Jr. sounds much better.
I never liked the idea of a great great granddaughter of Dorothy going to Oz. The concept seems so basic and something my 11 year old cousin would come up with. The prequel with Robert Downey Jr. sounds much better.
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3:37PM on 05/18/2010
There are so many stories to tell. Why not.
There are so many stories to tell. Why not.
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3:20PM on 05/18/2010

Return to Oz

A sequel to the original Wizard of Oz can't be done. The tone is too unique to be recaptured by modern filmmakers without compromising the magical for the cheesy. And as for re-imagining, a darker take is not the direction to go. I enjoyed Return to Oz with Fairuza Bulk, but only for the general creepiness of that movie. Bottom line: Just leave Oz alone, possible adaptation of Wicked notwithstanding.
A sequel to the original Wizard of Oz can't be done. The tone is too unique to be recaptured by modern filmmakers without compromising the magical for the cheesy. And as for re-imagining, a darker take is not the direction to go. I enjoyed Return to Oz with Fairuza Bulk, but only for the general creepiness of that movie. Bottom line: Just leave Oz alone, possible adaptation of Wicked notwithstanding.
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3:45PM on 05/18/2010
I don't think anyone will ever attempt a direct conjunction with the (semi)original classic, but there are lots of Oz books and I think that's more of where this film will be derived from. Just because there's a definitive take doesn't void any and all new ones.
I don't think anyone will ever attempt a direct conjunction with the (semi)original classic, but there are lots of Oz books and I think that's more of where this film will be derived from. Just because there's a definitive take doesn't void any and all new ones.
2:44PM on 05/18/2010
They just keep recycling the same stuff over and over. How many retellings, reiterations, remakes, adaptations, and variations of Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, and Robin Hood do we have to suffer through?
They just keep recycling the same stuff over and over. How many retellings, reiterations, remakes, adaptations, and variations of Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, and Robin Hood do we have to suffer through?
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4:01PM on 05/18/2010
I have great news for you, you don't have to suffer through any! Just don't watch them. VoilĂ !
I have great news for you, you don't have to suffer through any! Just don't watch them. VoilĂ !
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