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The Wizard of Oz: the inevitable remake - in 3D, of course

03.09.2010

Tim Burton's trippy triple-dimensional ALICE IN WONDERLAND snatched up over $200 million worldwide during its opening weekend, so studios are unsurprisingly looking for their own vivid mainstream 3D freakout.

Why not the mother of all nightmare-inducing "family" movies, THE WIZARD OF OZ? Yes, the LA Times says that Warner Bros. plans to force Dorothy back into the realm populated by frightened feline, heartless robot, brainless straw man, wicked witch, tuneful dwarfs, agitated trees, a giant disembodied shouting head, and an army of terrifying flying monkeys, oh god the monkeys.

The studio is reportedly eyeballing a couple of already-in-development projects to reshape and push forward, including OZ (from SHREK FOREVER AFTER co-writer Darren Lemke), and a darker variation from scribe Josh Olson (A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE) focusing on a granddaughter of Dorothy who returns to Oz to fight evil.

The source material, L. Frank Baum's book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", is in the public domain, but the original movie version is owned by MGM (which is apparently owned by WB).

The studio is reportedly still in the early phase on the OZ update, but have already put the word out to A-list directors.

Extra Tidbit: I think I'll just ease on down the road.
Source: LA Times

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12:06AM on 03/11/2010
So let's sum it all up: Wizard of Oz, Return to Oz, and Tin Man. No, I'm not including The Wiz, but I also left out the Muppet's Wizard of Oz so bite me. Return to Oz with Fairuza Balk was an intensely terrifying continuation into the Oz legacy, and I think Tin Man complemented the two perfectly! Unless Samuel L. Jackson plays the Wizard, as is portrayed above... I have no interest.
So let's sum it all up: Wizard of Oz, Return to Oz, and Tin Man. No, I'm not including The Wiz, but I also left out the Muppet's Wizard of Oz so bite me. Return to Oz with Fairuza Balk was an intensely terrifying continuation into the Oz legacy, and I think Tin Man complemented the two perfectly! Unless Samuel L. Jackson plays the Wizard, as is portrayed above... I have no interest.
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12:06AM on 03/11/2010
So let's sum it all up: Wizard of Oz, Return to Oz, and Tin Man. No, I'm not including The Wiz, but I also left out the Muppet's Wizard of Oz so bite me. Return to Oz with Fairuza Balk was an intensely terrifying continuation into the Oz legacy, and I think Tin Man complemented the two perfectly! Unless Samuel L. Jackson plays the Wizard, as is portrayed above... I have no interest.
So let's sum it all up: Wizard of Oz, Return to Oz, and Tin Man. No, I'm not including The Wiz, but I also left out the Muppet's Wizard of Oz so bite me. Return to Oz with Fairuza Balk was an intensely terrifying continuation into the Oz legacy, and I think Tin Man complemented the two perfectly! Unless Samuel L. Jackson plays the Wizard, as is portrayed above... I have no interest.
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11:59PM on 03/10/2010
So let's sum it all up: Wizard of Oz, Return to Oz, and Tin Man. No, I'm not including The Wiz, but I also left out the Muppet's Wizard of Oz so bite me. Return to Oz with Fairuza Balk was an intensely terrifying continuation into the Oz legacy, and I think Tin Man complemented the two perfectly! Unless Samuel L. Jackson plays the Wizard, as is portrayed above... I have no interest.
So let's sum it all up: Wizard of Oz, Return to Oz, and Tin Man. No, I'm not including The Wiz, but I also left out the Muppet's Wizard of Oz so bite me. Return to Oz with Fairuza Balk was an intensely terrifying continuation into the Oz legacy, and I think Tin Man complemented the two perfectly! Unless Samuel L. Jackson plays the Wizard, as is portrayed above... I have no interest.
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4:00PM on 03/10/2010
Doing a remake of the '39 film is daft, but that's never stopped 'em before. I thought John Boorman was involved in a CGI version of Oz over of France? As far as I recall, it was supposed to be non-musical and more of a straight version of one of the books (I guess the '39 movie wandered quite a bit from the books).
Doing a remake of the '39 film is daft, but that's never stopped 'em before. I thought John Boorman was involved in a CGI version of Oz over of France? As far as I recall, it was supposed to be non-musical and more of a straight version of one of the books (I guess the '39 movie wandered quite a bit from the books).
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3:35PM on 03/10/2010
if do something creepy along the lines of return to oz with the wheelers and tic toc I might go for it.
if do something creepy along the lines of return to oz with the wheelers and tic toc I might go for it.
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1:17PM on 03/10/2010
what was wrong with the first one?
if it's burton, i hope depp plays the wizard and not the scarecrow ...
what was wrong with the first one?
if it's burton, i hope depp plays the wizard and not the scarecrow ...
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12:59PM on 03/10/2010
As long as they make this a "sequel" of sorts and continue the story from the original film (ala Alice in Wonderland) I can see this working.
As long as they make this a "sequel" of sorts and continue the story from the original film (ala Alice in Wonderland) I can see this working.
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11:19AM on 03/10/2010

Burton's Oz?

I wouldn't be surprised if they already have Tim Burton in mind to direct and Johnny Depp to star...
I wouldn't be surprised if they already have Tim Burton in mind to direct and Johnny Depp to star...
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10:44AM on 03/10/2010
They should just make "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Something more true to the book. Not every fantasy needs a war scene Hollywood!
They should just make "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Something more true to the book. Not every fantasy needs a war scene Hollywood!
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9:40AM on 03/10/2010
UUUGGGGHHHH. Fuck.
UUUGGGGHHHH. Fuck.
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6:26AM on 03/10/2010
Yes! I am so much into RnB, Hip-hop and now 3D!!!!!!!!!!
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Yes! I am so much into RnB, Hip-hop and now 3D!!!!!!!!!!
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6:09AM on 03/10/2010
NO.

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO...

NO!!!!
NO.

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO...

NO!!!!
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5:54AM on 03/10/2010
I want no one but Burton Directing this. His wacky vision has worked wonders for AIW, now let's see him do Oz. I also think it would be awesome to see Depp play 3 characters, The lion, the scarecrow and tin man. I hope to jesus that this happens. The original is a classic, but it's still just an adaption of a book. There shouldn't be anyone saying that no one else is allowed to adapt the book with their own vision.
I want no one but Burton Directing this. His wacky vision has worked wonders for AIW, now let's see him do Oz. I also think it would be awesome to see Depp play 3 characters, The lion, the scarecrow and tin man. I hope to jesus that this happens. The original is a classic, but it's still just an adaption of a book. There shouldn't be anyone saying that no one else is allowed to adapt the book with their own vision.
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5:36AM on 03/10/2010
And I thought Tin Man series was supposed to be a remake. Hate the idea of remake but I love the picture in this article, haha.
And I thought Tin Man series was supposed to be a remake. Hate the idea of remake but I love the picture in this article, haha.
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3:59AM on 03/10/2010
what i have heard its been in development for years and its at the same stage as it was 2 years ago,its just a example of a paper trying to repackage a old story.
what i have heard its been in development for years and its at the same stage as it was 2 years ago,its just a example of a paper trying to repackage a old story.
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2:35AM on 03/10/2010
Saw this coming, but instead of remake, how about they just go to the source material and do their own thing?
Saw this coming, but instead of remake, how about they just go to the source material and do their own thing?
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2:25AM on 03/10/2010

HELL F***ING NO!!!!

No, absolutely not. If they do this then I will never ever go see another Warner Bros. film again. Nope, not even another Batman movie, though it will pain me to do so. This is one step away from remaking Casablanca or Gone with the Wind. Stay away from the real classics, Warner Bros. NOW, if they do decide to make a somewhat original "sequel" or separate entity of the series, FINE, but DO. NOT. REMAKE. THE ORIGINAL! What the hell happened to originality anyways?!
No, absolutely not. If they do this then I will never ever go see another Warner Bros. film again. Nope, not even another Batman movie, though it will pain me to do so. This is one step away from remaking Casablanca or Gone with the Wind. Stay away from the real classics, Warner Bros. NOW, if they do decide to make a somewhat original "sequel" or separate entity of the series, FINE, but DO. NOT. REMAKE. THE ORIGINAL! What the hell happened to originality anyways?!
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1:48PM on 03/10/2010
Actually, I believed that the original was ALREADY one of the classic "untouchables" that would never be remade (I am a purist and definitely old-school). I'm pretty sure this is one of the signs of the Apocalypse.
Actually, I believed that the original was ALREADY one of the classic "untouchables" that would never be remade (I am a purist and definitely old-school). I'm pretty sure this is one of the signs of the Apocalypse.
1:49PM on 03/10/2010
oh, yeah... forgot to say "nice avatar", scrotalache924
oh, yeah... forgot to say "nice avatar", scrotalache924
2:02AM on 03/10/2010
Anyone who didn't see a Wizard Of Oz remake coming needs a firm slap up side the head. I'm not excited but I'm not surprised.
Anyone who didn't see a Wizard Of Oz remake coming needs a firm slap up side the head. I'm not excited but I'm not surprised.
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1:35AM on 03/10/2010
This sounds retarded. Come up with some new shit Hollywood.
This sounds retarded. Come up with some new shit Hollywood.
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1:32AM on 03/10/2010
To WB: Produce a sequel (like Return to Oz) or a new story that takes place in Oz (like Tin Man) if you must, but don't remake the original!
To WB: Produce a sequel (like Return to Oz) or a new story that takes place in Oz (like Tin Man) if you must, but don't remake the original!
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11:04AM on 03/10/2010
'The studio is reportedly eyeballing a couple of [link] projects to reshape and push forward, including OZ (from SHREK FOREVER AFTER co-writer Darren Lemke), and a darker variation from scribe Josh Olson (A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE) focusing on a granddaughter of Dorothy who returns to Oz to fight evil.'
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'The studio is reportedly eyeballing a couple of [link] projects to reshape and push forward, including OZ (from SHREK FOREVER AFTER co-writer Darren Lemke), and a darker variation from scribe Josh Olson (A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE) focusing on a granddaughter of Dorothy who returns to Oz to fight evil.'
cited from the article you are commenting on.
1:27AM on 03/10/2010
They need to follow the book if they move forward with this
They need to follow the book if they move forward with this
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1:15AM on 03/10/2010
I loved John Ritter in The Dreamer of Oz [link] He's one of the first things that pops in my head when someone mentions Oz. You should all check it out.
I loved John Ritter in The Dreamer of Oz [link] He's one of the first things that pops in my head when someone mentions Oz. You should all check it out.
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12:52AM on 03/10/2010

Fan Trailer

There is a trailer for this idea... sort of

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There is a trailer for this idea... sort of

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12:51AM on 03/10/2010
Ok, but it's not a remake. I mean, if they go with this OZ idea, it's more of a sequel, or a [link] of a classic story. I don't see how this is any different than doing a new version of Robin Hood or Peter Pan...The Wizard of Oz is a classic film and deserves respect, absolutely. If this gets put in the right hands, who is to say this won't be good? It has a chance...just like Tron: Legacy has a chance, or any other sequel/remake of a classic movie.
Ok, but it's not a remake. I mean, if they go with this OZ idea, it's more of a sequel, or a [link] of a classic story. I don't see how this is any different than doing a new version of Robin Hood or Peter Pan...The Wizard of Oz is a classic film and deserves respect, absolutely. If this gets put in the right hands, who is to say this won't be good? It has a chance...just like Tron: Legacy has a chance, or any other sequel/remake of a classic movie.
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12:34AM on 03/10/2010
I don't care what anybody says but this is still the scariest movie of all time. Nightmare inducing is right
I don't care what anybody says but this is still the scariest movie of all time. Nightmare inducing is right
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12:25AM on 03/10/2010
It was a no brain'er this would get remade at some point,of course in 3D is a given.
It was a no brain'er this would get remade at some point,of course in 3D is a given.
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11:51PM on 03/09/2010
I know what will happen. They'll remake the original 1939 movie. It will be very similar. People will just say it's another adaptation. It's going to happen, it happened with "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Why not write something original?!

Focus on creating your own mythology. Something the studio can set the bar for and influence future generations. Get off the Oz train and try something new, for godsake.
I know what will happen. They'll remake the original 1939 movie. It will be very similar. People will just say it's another adaptation. It's going to happen, it happened with "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Why not write something original?!

Focus on creating your own mythology. Something the studio can set the bar for and influence future generations. Get off the Oz train and try something new, for godsake.
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11:50PM on 03/09/2010
This is a really REALLY bad idea. The Wizard of Oz is a classic and in no way does it need to be remade. Let me guess, Tim Burton directs and Johnny Depp is The Scarecrow...
This is a really REALLY bad idea. The Wizard of Oz is a classic and in no way does it need to be remade. Let me guess, Tim Burton directs and Johnny Depp is The Scarecrow...
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11:46PM on 03/09/2010
As long as it's not a direct remake I guess it'd be okay...it's not as if the wacky sequel with Fairuza Balk tarnished the legacy of the original. Bring it on!
As long as it's not a direct remake I guess it'd be okay...it's not as if the wacky sequel with Fairuza Balk tarnished the legacy of the original. Bring it on!
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