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New Movies from Oz?

No less than two in talks now...

Considering that ALICE IN WONDERLAND had such a strong opening this past weekend, it should come as no surprise that talks have revived for a new take on THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ. In fact, according the LA Times, talks have started up again for no less than two takes. The first would be a more traditional remake at New Line and the other would be written by the screenwriter of A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and produced by Todd McFarlane (which we've already talked about before, a couple times). ’d say it’s an inevitability, especially with a hit as big as ALICE to follow. I suppose it’s a bit like the premise Sarah Connor put forth at the beginning of TERMINATOR 2… “It’s just a question of which one reaches Oz first.”

When these Oz films hit, it’s a safe bet that they’re going to do gangbusters. The MGM classic is 70 years old and still adored by children (my nieces included). G-Man’s favorite, the Marvel hardcover of THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, debuted as a New York Times bestseller. I recall that “steampunk Oz” SyFy mini-series TIN MAN making an impression when it aired. We even have the Emerald City convention coming up real soon. The demand is still there and the Oz books dovetail nicely into studios’ current preference for adapting book series with many installments. As I recall, there’s something like 20 Oz books and RETURN TO OZ has so far been the only movie to broach entries aside from the first.

While McFarlane’s toyline was definitely cool to look at, I think there needs to be a new sub-genre in the fantasy world to label it. There’s sword and sorcery, there’s historical fantasy, there’s urban gothic and so on… there needs to be an official “DARK OZ” label, because the conceit has been used A LOT. Aside from the McFarlane toyline and TIN MAN, there’s those Zenoscope books, there’s all those DARK OZ comics from Caliber  and Arrow back in the day and many, many more independent comics and novels I can’t recall off the top of my head.

Anyway… what do you think, oh yellow brick road-walking Comic Vine community? Would you be excited to see Oz rendered in modern effects?

-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia Comics.   Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com .

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Posted by .Mistress Redhead.

Alice in Wonderland was wonderfully done, if they can keep up that caliber and maybe even push it for WOZ i would be over the moon! 
 
great story thanks Tom

Posted by AngelFrost

I'd like a Red Riding Hood movie (:
you know, a dark, twist of the tale.
 
We've seen Alice in Wonderland and Wizard of Oz sooo many times ... why not Lil' Red? :(

Posted by Alphaproto

The Scyfy mini series was good but.... 
 I agree with AngelFrost, it's been done so lets do something else. I wanna see a dark version of SnowWhite.
Posted by They Killed Cap!

stop destroying classics.
Posted by .Mistress Redhead.
@AngelFrost: we could do the Roald Dahl Version ;) 
Posted by joshmightbe
@Alphaproto:
they did a dark version of snow white i believe it was a made for cable movie on showtime
Posted by sora_thekey

I've been wanting to watch TIN MAN for quite some time now!
 
I am there for both versions of OZ!!!

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Posted by AngelFrost
@.Mistress Redhead.:  Yeah! :D good idea!   - Kick-ass Red ;)
Posted by baerwb
Posted by cmaprice
Posted by AngelFrost
@baerwb:  Oh wow :D awesome. Thank you.  I can't wait for it. :D Amanda Seyfried is perfect for Red, a little old, but looks the part anyway.
Posted by Sheep-Kill

In a way Im ok with it but the original witch and the actress who played her.....she scared me.  Best acting ever.  Hard red shoes to fill you know what I mean.

Posted by No_name_here
Posted by CATMANEXE

my landlord is going to have a coronary.

Posted by xerox_kitty

I'd rather see a Disney animated series based on Skottie Young's art & Eric Shanower's adaptation :)

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Posted by CATMANEXE
@xerox-kitty: 
hmm...gives me an idea.
Posted by jakob187

Where is Jean Luc Picard with a facepalm when I need one?!  NO!  NO NO NO!!! 
 
Someone NEEDS to be serious about this and make the first three books into three movies...so people can forget that dreadfully horrible movie that everyone seems to love so much! 
 
DOROTHY NEVER HAD RUBY RED SLIPPERS!!!

Posted by grimm
@AngelFrost:  THEY ARE DOING ONE WITH FELICIA DAY AND SHE'S A WEREWOLF HUNTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) 
http://thecelebritycafe.com/feature/felicia-day-slays-werewolves-syfys-red-03-09-2010    
Posted by AngelFrost
@grimm:  Yeah, I heard about that  (: it's a made-for-tv movie version that's going to be shown on Syfy based on Red Riding Hood  (:  I can't wait for that, I love Felicia Day!
Posted by HaloKing343

That picture on the left is cool. What's it from?
Posted by Yung ANcient One
@HaloKing343 said:
" That picture on the left is cool. What's it from? "
Tin Man on Syfy... or Sci Fi... they changed the name its called Syfy... and when it was called Sci-fi... they had a show called Tin Man... which was pretty cool... Decent to say the least... its kinda like a parody... sorta.. i dunno what to call it... it was like Wizard of OZ... jus... Different... kinda like Alice... the movie kinda like Alice in Wonder Land
 
oh wait i got it
 
Tin Man was a TV series that was Inspired By The Wizard of OZ