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"Spawn" Creator Takes on "Wizard of Oz"

Posted: August 22nd, 2007 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Warner Bros Pictures is teaming up with "Spawn" creator Todd McFarlane to re-imagine "The Wizard of Oz." Project was pitched by "A History of Violence" scribe, Josh Olson, who will write the new film. It willl be produced by McFarlane and Rick Benattar (Shoot 'Em Up).

McFarlane has a vision of "Oz" that is a dark, edgy and muscular PG-13, without a singing Munchkin in sight. That was clear with a toy line he launched several years ago that featured a buxom Dorothy and Toto reimagined as an oversized snarling warthog. Olson has something a little tamer, and PG, in mind.

"I saw those toys, and Dorothy as some bondage queen isn't something I want to do," Olson told Variety. "The appealing thing about the [L. Frank] 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 'Se7en' dark."

Both McFarlane and Olson are on the same page when it comes to the promise of marrying the Baum story with benefits of visual effects advancements.

"My pitch was 'How do we get people who went to 'Lord of the Rings' to embrace this?' " McFarlane said. "I want to create (an interpretation) that has a 2007 wow factor. 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."

Olson was keeping plot specifics to himself but said the film will be closer to a sequel than a remake.

Source: Variety


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