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remaking The Wizard of Oz?

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Hollywood considers at least four 'Wizard of Oz' remakes

With the 3-D film Alice in Wonderland booming at the box office, Hollywood apparently thinks the time is right for remakes of the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Tuesday, the Times reported on Warner Bros. plans, which include one project that "skews a little darker" and focuses on a granddaughter of Dorothy who returns to Oz to fight evil.

The Times, in today's exclusive, says Universal and Disney have their own Oz-related projects.

Universal has Wicked, the Broadway musical that is a prequel to events in the film and the children's books by L. Frank Baum, while Disney's project tackles how the wizard came to sit behind the curtain in the first place.

"Some critics may bray, but if it's done well, the movie could be kind of brilliant, a deepening of the mythology that started with The Wiz and continued with Wicked," say Times reporters Steven Zeitchik and Claudia Eller.

(Posted by Doug Stanglin)
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2010/03/hollywood-considers-at-least-four-wizard-of-oz-remakes/1

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woman_of_
Mar. 11th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
Ummmm! Well, having a deep love of originals, and hating remakes (such as the Italian Job and Oceans Eleven), this fills me with dread.

*shudder*
ozma914
Mar. 13th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
"Return to Oz" didn't seem so bad, once people figured out it was more connected to the books than to the 1939 movie ... still, I'm pretty much with you.
kevenn
Mar. 11th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
I dare not trust today's Hollywood to make anything good. Well, I'll give them Wicked - I always look at Wicked as an alternate reality, so it doesn't "harm" Oz for me.
ozma914
Mar. 13th, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
I don't think any of them will harm canon, because I think they'll all be based more on the Judy Garland movie than on the books. We'll see, though ... if some sharp Oz loving writer pens a well done book-based script, things could get ugly once the suits get ahold of it.
amelia_seyroon
Mar. 11th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
With the 3-D film Alice in Wonderland booming at the box office, Hollywood apparently thinks the time is right for remakes of the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Tuesday, the Times reported on Warner Bros. plans, which include one project that "skews a little darker" and focuses on a granddaughter of Dorothy who returns to Oz to fight evil.


OMG. I WAS TOTALLY THINKING OF THIS WHILE IN MY ALICE DRIVE.

I just thought they would remake it from the ground up, but having 'a granddaughter of Dorothy return to Oz to fight evil' could also work...
ozma914
Mar. 13th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
Well, we'll see .... one problem is that even though the idea of Dorothy's offspring returning to Oz has been out there for years (her son was brought back in a novel published 20 years ago), everyone will assume such a movie is a ripoff of the new Alice picture. Young Dot realizing Oz was real, and that she's destined to fight a new witch and the Nome King army? Well, that doesn't sound like the 3-D Alice at all ...

In my mind the trick would be to have a child's perspective again, rather than some super-hero young woman. However, since Alice is doing so well (and I did like it, by the way), we'll more likely see a 20-something Dorothy taking up a sword, which isn't in keeping with the spirit of Oz at all.
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dancyer
Mar. 11th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
"skews a little darker"

Hmmm, guess that means they plan to blow up the Emerald City.
ozma914
Mar. 13th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, just what we need -- the whimsy, wonder, and humor of the original Oz books turned into a Rambo movie. *sigh*
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randombattlecry
Mar. 11th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
I'm... not sure how I feel about that, considering that Oz was such a massive part of my childhood. (Yes, even more massive than Wonderland, though you'd never know it now.) I agree, there's potential for brilliance if done right; there's also potential for massive suckage, if not.

Case in point, SyFy's Tin Man.
ozma914
Mar. 13th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
I didn't *hate* Tin Man -- but it wasn't Oz. Nowhere near. I want to see a child (and blonde!) Dorothy and a return to whimsy and wonder, not huge battle scenes (although the new Alice movie pulled Alice as action hero off well).
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cbtreks
Mar. 11th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
Skewing a little darker sounds like "Tin Man" - doesn't need to be done again so soon, surely? Dorothy's granddaughter visiting Oz - well, since Dorothy, Auntie Em, and Uncle Henry settled in Oz eventually, why would her granddaughter visit? (I know, I know - that's the written matter, not the filmed matter. I like the written stuff better, really. Also, in the books, Dorothy's hair color and shoe color are correct! *g*) Also, that sounds a lot like "Tin Man" as well, though that wasn't Dorothy's granddaughter, right? Still, this could be really, really cool.
ozma914
Mar. 13th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
Oh, please, no, not another "Tin Man". I'd rather see something based on the books, which are treasure troves of great characters and situations that remain almost completely unutilized. On the other hand, if they get into the books they get into canon (Dorthy's blonde, dammit!), while if they do a sequel to the 1939 movie or another "Tin Man", Oz purists can just hold their noses, watch anyway, and be comforted that it's just another "reimagining".

Dorothy's son returned to Oz in a book (I don't recall the title) published about 20 years ago, which assumed only the first book actually happened. It was an interesting, and much more adult, take on the situation.
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vilajunkie
Mar. 12th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
Ehhhh....I dunno about this. Seeing it from the Wizard's point of view could be interesting, but I'd like to see a movie based on the book and actually follow it this time. There's enough darkness in the book for modern audiences. And, why not just turn Baum's sequels into movies? Proper sequel films, not the "Return to Oz" mishmash of Land and Ozma plus original elements.
ozma914
Mar. 13th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
I agree, but on the other hand -- if they do another sequel to the movie, or a "Tin Man" type "reimagining", Oz purists won't have to go through the torture of seeing a script based on a book sent through the Hollywood meatgrinder. We may watch it anyway, but like it or not we'll still be able to say it's not canon.
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ozma914
Mar. 13th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
You said it all! I love the Oz books so much, I'm terrified that the Hollywood script meatgrinder will totally ruin any movie based on one. On the other hand, I desperately want to see my Dorothy on the screen: the blonde ten year old full of humor and common sense, adventuring through a whimsical, fun, colorful Oz instead of some kind of post-apocalyptical wasteland. Not Rambo action-her Dorothy.
trystan830
Mar. 12th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
SciCrap did that.

too many remakes these days.
ozma914
Mar. 13th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
I don't want an Oz remake, I want an Oz sequel -- a sequel to the book, not the movie, one that treats the books respectfully. And that's just not gonna happen.
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vovat
Mar. 14th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
I'm really tired of seeing Wizard milked over and over and over again. It would be one thing if that were all movie-makers had to work with, but, well, it isn't. Do something with the other books, or just leave Oz alone.
ozma914
Mar. 15th, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
They're afraid. Even a lower budget movie is such a huge risk these days, and movie makers are well aware that most watchers are more familiar with the 1939 movie version of Oz than with the books. That's why, as I often complain about, Dorothy is always a brunette -- because people picture her as Judy Garland. With Return to Oz considered a box office failure, I'm not sure this late in the game whether we'll ever see a movie made out of any of the other books.
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