Skip to comments.Warner Bros Wants Zemeckis For 'Wizard Of Oz' Remake Based On Original MGM Script
Posted on 11/17/2010 5:28:25 AM PST by Red Badger
Whenever you remake a revered Hollywood film, theres bound to be controversy, but going right to the original material is certainly an interesting approach. Warner Bros is in early talks with Robert Zemeckis to direct a live-action remake of the The Wizard of Oz and plans to use the original script from the 1939 classic. Warner Bros owns the screenplay because Ted Turner bought it along with the MGM library before Warner Bros bought Turners empire.
This latest Oz twist comes as Disney is trying very hard to mount The Great And Powerful Oz. Sam Raimi is developing that film while he simultaneously develops World of Warcraft for Warner Bros and Legendary. Disney and Raimi want Robert Downey Jr as their star. The original Wizard of Oz script had a total of 19 writers (seems not much has changed in Hollywood) with many of them uncredited, including Bert Lahr who played the films Cowardly Lion.
This wouldnt be the first hugely high-profile remake for Zemeckis; he's in the middle of a Yellow Submarine animated redux for Disney, scheduled for a 2012 release. Also, after working for years in performance-capture animation, Zemeckis has been moving toward a return to a live-action films, attaching himself to Timeless also at Warner Bros.
The original is great. I won’t be waching any remake.
Robert Downey at Dorothy? Seems about right.
Downey as the wizard..............
Sometimes it is not essential to put the “sarcasm” on the posting....
Johnny Depp as Dorothy
The Secret of Oz -
There are some movies that have become American treasures that I feel nobody should try to improve on, just because they can. This movie is one of those treasures.
Can’t Hollywood come up with anything original?
Why remake a 70 year old classic?
I find the notion of a “Yellow Submarine” remake to be at least as horrific and unnecessary as a Wizard of Oz remake.
You can't improve on the original!
Next up, a remake of “Casablanca” and a re-paint of the Sistine Chapel.
If Disney is doing a remake of Wizard of Oz, watch for:
1) hidden Phallus symbolisms—probably the twister in Kansas
2) secret references to satanism —Oz
3) subtle metaphors for pedophilia—Scarecrow/Dorthy relationship
4) homosexual references—Wicked Witch of West’s army
5) Witchcraft Glorification—Glenda the Good Witch
6) Anti-Militarism—the cowardly lion
7) Ant-Capitalism—Munchkin land being a ‘little people’s paradise’
8) Anti-Christian- Dorthy will surely be fleeing from Auntie Em because Em is a ‘bitter clinger’
Hollywood is bereft of original thinking. There were a whole bunch of Oz books. Make a sequel!
1900 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
1904 The Marvelous Land of Oz
1907 Ozma of Oz
1908 Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
1909 The Road to Oz
1910 The Emerald City of Oz
1913 The Patchwork Girl of Oz
1914 Little Wizard Stories of Oz
1914 Tik-Tok of Oz
1915 The Scarecrow of Oz
1916 Rinkitink in Oz
1917 The Lost Princess of Oz
1918 The Tin Woodman of Oz
1919 The Magic of Oz
1920 Glinda of Oz
Drag Me to Oz?
Ugh. I’m sure Zemeckis will make the movie visually stunning (he is a ‘wiz’ at that), but why mess with such a revered classic?
This ranks right up there with the (thankfully) failed plan to remake Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and the short-lived rumor that Sean Penn was looking to star as Rick in a remake of Casablanca.
I knew that there were several other releases prior to the “original”. The “original” to me has Judy Garland in it.
The new movies coming out are all V2.0 or higher of older movies.
Here's a list of some recent movies.
TOY STORY 3.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND.
FRIDAY THE 13TH
THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE
THE KARATE KID III
The original Yellow Submarine was too much to sit through. I can’t imagine another. The only thing to make it worse would be to include Yoko Ono.
The books I listed were just the ones that Baum wrote. There have been many others as well.
They are remaking True Grit. Nothing is sacrosanct in Hollywood.
Hollywood needs to leave this movie(Wizard Of Oz)alone.It doesn’t need a remake.The Wizard Of Oz is an All time classic movie and there is nothing that any of these directors can do to make a better version.
Yep, and the remakes are failures most of the time, just as when they remade “Stagecoach”. The original was unbeatable.
I am mad they are going to remake the classic “Poltergeist”. Not quite up there Wizard of Oz, but still a sci-fi\horror classic. This Wizard of Oz is a stupid idea,will fail and barely make the the probable 250 million dollar budget back. Zemekis would be wise to run not walk from this idea. A Lord of the Rings prequel, smart, same director, same chemistry. But when Tina Fey and Steven Colbert qualify as “Brilliant” Hollywood writing talent, what are you left with.
The other replies aside, the movie was a extreme;y sanitized version of the book. If you’re going to do a remake do it accurate to the book the way it should have been done in the first place.
Was the original a classic? Sure. Was it done properly? With 19 writers on it? No.
RIMMER: There's everything here, all the mail, entertainment cassettes, a new batch of movies.
LISTER: Oh! The new Friday the 13th movie -- Friday the 13th part one thousand six hundred and forty nine.
RIMMER: Look, Casablanca! They've re-made Casablanca!
LISTER: Philistines. I mean how can you re-make Casablanca? The one starring Myra Dinglebat and Peter Beardsley was definitive.
HOLLY: I saw that one -- knockout! "Of all the space bars on all the worlds you had to re-materialize in mine."
True story. I had a black coworker who would walk down the halls singing that.
One day I walked past his office singing 'shuffle on down, shuffle on down the road'
Absolutely cracked him up...
(I'm eeeeeevil that way)
It’s a sin against culture, that you remembered that.
And that I read it in their voices.
Zemeckis is an excellent filmmaker. I love the cast of the original, but not the corniness of the late 1930 s that informed the way the story was told.
If it exists, there is a Red Dwarf of it.
In a decade or two computer power will rise to a level that will allow a rebuild of the original film. It could be rendered in 3D and widescreen. It could even be rendered as a virtual interactive environment. Sets could be altered while leaving the original actors untouched. I say hold off on remakes until they can be done properly.
Sometime around 2025 all that will be needed to create a film/3D/virtual environment will be a script and a super computer render farm...actors no longer required.
Not to mention the sequels written by Ruth Plumly Thompson etc.
...followed by virtual paparazzi
Agree. Hate that corny “it was all a dream” thing. The book was inspired by events of the late 1890s that had to do with silver and commerce.
There is no imagination and even less talent left in Hollywood. I haven't been to the movies in years.
I have been saying that for years.
It IS possible NOW.
We could actually bring back actors from the dead, using computer graphics.
Bogart, Flynn, Gable, Wayne, Davis, Hepburn, all the old time actors can be recreated and their voices synthesized................Three Stooges...........
Yup! She took over when Baum passed away. I had a bunch of first edition Oz books when I was a kid. Wish I still had ‘em!
Robert ZEMECKIS is in early talks with Warner Bros to direct a live-action remake of ‘The Wizard of Oz’??
Cool! A tornado whisks a Delorian to Oz where the great & powerful Doc gets Dorothy back to 1985 Kansas from where Crispen Glover plays a neurotic Scarecrow - but is really just a nerdy farmhand who proclaims upon her return that “there is no place like home...and no blind spot when I would drive it, Biff!”.
They used to have this on Tv every halloween, I wanted to watch it more than I wanted to get candy.
This time the Wicked Witch wins...
He’s 45..... Way too old..............
I also had a huge set. I loved those books and the illustrations.
Yes, it can be done to a limited degree now. But it is at such a crude state that it takes more work than creating an animated film. Artists have to slave at graphics workstations just to create a few seconds of finished work. When the technology is ready it will then be very easy to turn a complete script into a film in just a few hours.
Imagine being able to create a finished film in 3D or as a virtual environment just by loading a script into a computer and fine tuning the details in real time.
In 15 years computers will be millions of times as capable as they are today....computer power grows exponentially...seems slow at first but we are nearing the point where the curve turns nearly straight up.
Actors will soon have a lot of cheap virtual competition.