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Warner Bros Wants Zemeckis For 'Wizard Of Oz' Remake Based On Original MGM Script
www.deadline.com ^ | Tuesday November 16, 2010 @ 6:59pm EST | By MIKE FLEMING

Posted on 11/17/2010 5:28:25 AM PST by Red Badger

Whenever you remake a revered Hollywood film, there’s 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 Turner’s 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 film’s Cowardly Lion.

This wouldn’t 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.


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KEYWORDS: mgm; original; oz; remake; robertzemeckis; script; warner; warnerbros; warnerbrothers; wizard; wizardofoz; zemeckis
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1 posted on 11/17/2010 5:28:29 AM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

The original is great. I won’t be waching any remake.


2 posted on 11/17/2010 5:29:38 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Red Badger

Robert Downey at Dorothy? Seems about right.


3 posted on 11/17/2010 5:29:52 AM PST by Vermont Lt (Don't taze my junk bro.)
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To: Vermont Lt

Downey as the wizard..............


4 posted on 11/17/2010 5:34:17 AM PST by Red Badger (The House finally fell on Nancy Pelosi..........)
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To: Red Badger

Sometimes it is not essential to put the “sarcasm” on the posting....


5 posted on 11/17/2010 5:36:16 AM PST by Vermont Lt (Don't taze my junk bro.)
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To: Red Badger

Johnny Depp as Dorothy


6 posted on 11/17/2010 5:36:20 AM PST by GunningForTheBuddha ("Corrupt governments from little ACORNs grow. " - seton89)
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To: Red Badger

The Secret of Oz -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diYQN-1f4yw


7 posted on 11/17/2010 5:38:16 AM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: Red Badger

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.


8 posted on 11/17/2010 5:38:31 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: Red Badger

Can’t Hollywood come up with anything original?

Why remake a 70 year old classic?


9 posted on 11/17/2010 5:38:46 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: Red Badger

I find the notion of a “Yellow Submarine” remake to be at least as horrific and unnecessary as a Wizard of Oz remake.


10 posted on 11/17/2010 5:39:12 AM PST by kaylar (It's MARTIAL law. Not marshal(l) or marital! This has been a spelling PSA. PS Secede not succeed)
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To: Red Badger

You can't improve on the original!

11 posted on 11/17/2010 5:40:49 AM PST by catman67
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To: Red Badger

Next up, a remake of “Casablanca” and a re-paint of the Sistine Chapel.


12 posted on 11/17/2010 5:41:40 AM PST by NY.SS-Bar9 (Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second. Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity!)
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To: Red Badger

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’


13 posted on 11/17/2010 5:41:48 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Red Badger

Ugh.


14 posted on 11/17/2010 5:43:05 AM PST by RexBeach
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To: caver

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


15 posted on 11/17/2010 5:43:16 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Red Badger
Sam Raimi is developing that film

Drag Me to Oz?

16 posted on 11/17/2010 5:45:21 AM PST by LRS ("This is silly! It can't be! It can't be!!" "Oh yes it is! I said you wouldn't know the joint.")
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
LOL...you forgot this classic...

1973 Zardoz

17 posted on 11/17/2010 5:47:58 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Red Badger

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.


18 posted on 11/17/2010 5:48:02 AM PST by DemforBush (If I ever get back my blue jeans...Lord, how happy could one man be?)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I knew that there were several other releases prior to the “original”. The “original” to me has Judy Garland in it.


19 posted on 11/17/2010 5:48:10 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: exit82
Can’t Hollywood come up with anything original?

Well.... no.

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.
AVATAR
FRIDAY THE 13TH
TERMINATORS
STAR TREK
THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE
PREDATORS
ZOMBIE whatever
VAMPIRE whatever
THE KARATE KID III

20 posted on 11/17/2010 5:49:12 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: kaylar

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.


21 posted on 11/17/2010 5:49:56 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: caver

The books I listed were just the ones that Baum wrote. There have been many others as well.


22 posted on 11/17/2010 5:50:28 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: LRS
I know. “The Evil Oz”. Turn it into a musical, with wicked dwarfs singing “Follow the Necronomicon Road” or Dorothy singing”Somewhere Over the Necronomicon”...
23 posted on 11/17/2010 5:56:06 AM PST by LRS ("This is silly! It can't be! It can't be!!" "Oh yes it is! I said you wouldn't know the joint.")
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To: Red Badger

They are remaking True Grit. Nothing is sacrosanct in Hollywood.


24 posted on 11/17/2010 5:57:22 AM PST by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: Red Badger
They did make a remake called the 'Wiz'....obviously it sucked......I got to move on down, move on down the road!
25 posted on 11/17/2010 5:57:53 AM PST by MadelineZapeezda (Skin-color counters are bigots!!!!!!!!!!....(thanks paulycy))
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To: Red Badger

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.


26 posted on 11/17/2010 5:58:24 AM PST by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: NavyCanDo

Yep, and the remakes are failures most of the time, just as when they remade “Stagecoach”. The original was unbeatable.


27 posted on 11/17/2010 5:59:05 AM PST by calex59
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

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.


28 posted on 11/17/2010 6:00:12 AM PST by pburgh01
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To: Red Badger

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.


29 posted on 11/17/2010 6:01:13 AM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: catman67
Hire Bernie Goldberg for the Wizard


30 posted on 11/17/2010 6:01:48 AM PST by MadelineZapeezda (Skin-color counters are bigots!!!!!!!!!!....(thanks paulycy))
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To: NY.SS-Bar9; camle; Alkhin; Professional Engineer; katana; Mr. Silverback; MadIvan; agrarianlady; ...
Next up, a remake of “Casablanca” and a re-paint of the Sistine Chapel.

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."

31 posted on 11/17/2010 6:02:55 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 666 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: MadelineZapeezda
They did make a remake called the 'Wiz'....obviously it sucked......I got to move on down, move on down the road!

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)

32 posted on 11/17/2010 6:08:59 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 666 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void

It’s a sin against culture, that you remembered that.

And that I read it in their voices.


33 posted on 11/17/2010 6:18:23 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Hail To The Fail-In-Chief)
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To: caver

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.


34 posted on 11/17/2010 6:28:38 AM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

If it exists, there is a Red Dwarf of it.


35 posted on 11/17/2010 6:30:18 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 666 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Red Badger

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.


36 posted on 11/17/2010 6:30:25 AM PST by Bobalu ( "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." ..Moshe Dayan:)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Not to mention the sequels written by Ruth Plumly Thompson etc.


37 posted on 11/17/2010 6:31:11 AM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Bobalu

...followed by virtual paparazzi


38 posted on 11/17/2010 6:35:31 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 666 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Peter from Rutland

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.


39 posted on 11/17/2010 6:36:32 AM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Red Badger
Remake the "Wizard of Oz"??? What is wrong with the original????

There is no imagination and even less talent left in Hollywood. I haven't been to the movies in years.

40 posted on 11/17/2010 6:37:20 AM PST by jboot (Let Christ be true and every man a liar.)
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To: Bobalu

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...........


41 posted on 11/17/2010 6:40:44 AM PST by Red Badger (The House finally fell on Nancy Pelosi..........)
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To: kabumpo

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!


42 posted on 11/17/2010 6:40:50 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Red Badger

Scarecrow.


43 posted on 11/17/2010 6:53:57 AM PST by luckystarmom
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To: Red Badger

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!”.


44 posted on 11/17/2010 6:54:07 AM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: Red Badger

Scarecrow.


45 posted on 11/17/2010 6:54:07 AM PST by luckystarmom
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To: catman67

They used to have this on Tv every halloween, I wanted to watch it more than I wanted to get candy.


46 posted on 11/17/2010 6:56:27 AM PST by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
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To: Red Badger

This time the Wicked Witch wins...


47 posted on 11/17/2010 6:57:34 AM PST by moovova (Don't let Obama spoil the word "hope" for you...)
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To: luckystarmom

He’s 45..... Way too old..............


48 posted on 11/17/2010 7:00:06 AM PST by Red Badger (The House finally fell on Nancy Pelosi..........)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I also had a huge set. I loved those books and the illustrations.


49 posted on 11/17/2010 7:02:55 AM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Red Badger

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.


50 posted on 11/17/2010 7:08:07 AM PST by Bobalu ( "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." ..Moshe Dayan:)
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