Wizard of Oz remake
Think on this for a moment, a Wizard of Oz remake adapted from the original L. Frank Baum novels by Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn, and Josh Olson, the writer of A History of Violence. Sounds bizarre but strangely attractive doesn't it? Well it's happening.
According to Variety McFarlane's vision is dark, edgy and "muscular" - whatever that means in terms of the story, does that mean they're all going to be body builders? The good news is that there's going to be no munchkins in the film!
What is interesting is that the article suggests that both writers have slightly different visions, while McFarlane's is going for a PG-13, Olson is looking for a PG. Over at Variety he says:
"I saw those toys, and Dorothy as some bondage queen isn’t something I want to do...The appealing thing about the Baum books to me is how wildly imaginative they are. There are crazy characters from amazing places. I want this to be ‘Harry Potter’ dark, not ‘Seven’ dark...
...A lot of the plot is mine, but the characters are all Baum."
Whereas McFarlane wants something slightly different:
"How do we get people who went to ‘Lord of the Rings’ to embrace this?...You’ve still got Dorothy trapped in an odd place, but she’s much closer to the Ripley from ‘Alien’ than a helpless singing girl."
So it seems that Olson has taken over the story now and it's not going to be the dark and edgy tale that McFarlane would have wanted. However it is going to be very close to the original novels and that's got to produce something different from the original Wizard of Oz film.
Here come the classic remakes.