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McFarlane a friend of Dorothy?

08.22.2007

Warner Bros. is moving ahead with a post-LORD OF THE RINGS adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ based on a pitch by comic creator Todd McFarlane and writer Josh Olson (A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE). The film will be based, in part, on a line of toys created by McFarlane but perhaps a little toned down. Instead of the slutty and chesty Dorothy you see to the right, Olson is working to town down the material to a PG. Olson perhaps but it best when he said, "I want this to be HARRY POTTER dark, not SEVEN dark." As for plot, no specifics were given but the film is expected to be a sequel rather than a remake and you can expect Dorothy to be a little more independent (they call to mind Ripley from the ALIEN films). While Warner Bros. clearly hopes to market this towards the LOTR crowd, will audiences be turned off by yet another OZ revisioning? This fall the Scifi network is launching the mini-series "Tin Man" this fall, which is described as a "darkly menacing" adaptation of the OZ story. I, of course, will always be partial to this version.

Extra Tidbit: McFarlane is co-owner of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers.
Source: Variety

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7:33PM on 08/22/2007

Meh...

You had me at the cool toy pictured to the right. You completely lost me at "writer of A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE."

Pardon me for being one of the two people I know who thought that movie was one of the worst pieces of garbage to come out in the last 20 years.
You had me at the cool toy pictured to the right. You completely lost me at "writer of A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE."

Pardon me for being one of the two people I know who thought that movie was one of the worst pieces of garbage to come out in the last 20 years.
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7:14PM on 08/22/2007
They should just make Wicked into a film a la Rent. Wicked is just as popular as Rent, it may even be MORE popular than Rent.
They should just make Wicked into a film a la Rent. Wicked is just as popular as Rent, it may even be MORE popular than Rent.
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6:12PM on 08/22/2007
Mike... proofread your articles.

I think Oz would make more money being as dark as LOTR, not as dark as Harry Potter. Look at all the remakes of Alice in Wonderland that're pure insanity, they're cult favorites.

Mike... proofread your articles.

I think Oz would make more money being as dark as LOTR, not as dark as Harry Potter. Look at all the remakes of Alice in Wonderland that're pure insanity, they're cult favorites.

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4:31PM on 08/22/2007
This was a great concept . . . when it was called WICKED!
This was a great concept . . . when it was called WICKED!
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2:55PM on 08/22/2007
Judy Garland is rolling in her grave. So is Liza Minelli. But seriously, Mike, do you have to resort to torture with that link? What's your problem with simple water-boarding? I thought I was gonna get some Fairuza Balk here.
Judy Garland is rolling in her grave. So is Liza Minelli. But seriously, Mike, do you have to resort to torture with that link? What's your problem with simple water-boarding? I thought I was gonna get some Fairuza Balk here.
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1:50PM on 08/22/2007

Whaaaat?

I'm with the rest of the guys...

Tone it down?

Well, why call it an adaptation?

{I wouldn't mind seeing a Dorothy like what is depicted in the picture...}
I'm with the rest of the guys...

Tone it down?

Well, why call it an adaptation?

{I wouldn't mind seeing a Dorothy like what is depicted in the picture...}
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11:39AM on 08/22/2007
I don't like the fact that they are going to "tone" it down. Usually that means this is going to be a great big steaming pile of crap.
I don't like the fact that they are going to "tone" it down. Usually that means this is going to be a great big steaming pile of crap.
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9:53AM on 08/22/2007

Yeah

I agree with Donnie. As soon as I saw that pic, sicko that I am, I was interested - then the article basically says 'Oh, it won't be anything like this'. Shaaame.
I agree with Donnie. As soon as I saw that pic, sicko that I am, I was interested - then the article basically says 'Oh, it won't be anything like this'. Shaaame.
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8:41AM on 08/22/2007

Dude...

seriously... if they bitch this, and water it down to a pussified PG13, I'll blow up the building. Screw family friendly shitte... that was the first one... do it R... HARD R, and I'll take interest.

Come on... how can you "water it down", without just remaking the first schlockfest?
seriously... if they bitch this, and water it down to a pussified PG13, I'll blow up the building. Screw family friendly shitte... that was the first one... do it R... HARD R, and I'll take interest.

Come on... how can you "water it down", without just remaking the first schlockfest?
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