This ain't your gay uncle's "Wizard of Oz". According to Variety, Warner Brothers and Village Roadshow Pictures are teaming up with Todd McFarlane to bring a revised take of L. Frank Baum's "Wizard of Oz" book to the big screen.
Josh Olsen will write the new take on this old classic, while McFarlane will produce the spook-themed film. The pair are still working on the tone of the project, and will most likely base the look of the characters on a line of action figures that McFarlane created a couple of years ago.
The new version will be very dark and edgy, and will skirt the edges of the PG-13 rating. Still, the images seen in the film will be a little tamer than the actual toy line that was launched. Olsen stated, "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 Se7en dark."
McFarlane wants to utilize the technical effects that have transpired over the years to marry the Baum books to the screen. He explained, "My pitch was 'How do we get people who went to Lord of the Rings to embrace this?' 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."
Olsen says that the film will be closer to a sequel than a remake, "We still want to take advantage of the first film, which might be the most beloved of all time, and rely on its place in your cultural memory to bubble beneath the surface. A lot of the plot is mine, but the characters are all Baum."