With Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland quietly managing the sixth highest opening weekend ever (and the highest opening ever for a non-sequel), you better believe that studios are standing up and taking notice. Everyone in Hollywood is now scrambling to find a fantasy fairy tale of their own to re-imagine in digital 3-D, and it looks like The Wizard of Oz is the next classic that just might end up getting a facelift. The L.A. Times reports that there are competing Wizard of Oz remakes currently in development at two different studios — one of which involves Spawn creator Todd McFarlane.
McFarlane’s Oz has been percolating over at Warner Brothers for a while now, a darker version of the tale that draws inspiration from his Twisted Land of Oz toy line. Dakota Fanning was rumoured as Dorothy at one point, although that was never really confirmed. The project has a script written by Josh Olson (A History of Violence) and is being produced by Basil Iwanyk (Clash of the Titans), and could soon become a high priority at the WB.
On the other hand, New Line is also working on a slightly more traditional take on The Wizard of Oz, written by Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After, Jack the Giant Killer) and produced by the same people who did Twilight. It’s probably only a matter of time before one of these starts moving forward, but is this really a good idea considering that the 1939 version is considered by many to be a masterpiece? Which version of The Wizard of Oz would you prefer to see?