A new take on the various L. Frank Baum books from which â€œThe Wizard of Ozâ€ tale was born will be explored by Warner Bros., according to Variety. Baum created a total of 15 stories that surround the Oz legacy.
Village Roadshow Pictures will team up with Warner Bros. by taking an idea hatched by Spawn creator Todd McFarlane and screenwriter Josh Olson. The former will produce while the latter will create a script.
This has been a project in the works for quite some time but now it can go full steam ahead since Warner purchased the rights to â€œOzâ€ from Ted Turner.
â€œMcFarlane has a vision of Oz that is a dark, edgy and muscular PG-13, without a singing Munchkin in sight,â€ wrote journalist Michael Fleming. â€œThat was clear with a toy line he launched several years ago that featured a buxom Dorothy and Toto re-imagined as an over-sized snarling warthog.
I read a lot of them as a kid – I’d love to see them come back in some sort of alice like cgi.