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Posted By: Doc Holliday at 3:28 pm

6 Jan 2010

(via Pajiba ) – Apparently, the idea for a “dark reimagining” of the Wizard of Oz has been floating around movie studios for several years.  The concept was based on Todd McFarlane’s line of twisted Wizard of Oz toys.  The storyline had Dorothy’s granddaughter, Dorothy 2.0, up in the Antarctic experiencing bad weather.  McFarlane said:

“The point is that when you’re in bad weather in a s—tty place up north, it is completely gray. That would be our ‘black & white [sequence].’ Then she falls into her Shangri-La, called Oz, where suddenly everything’s in color…There’s still a thing called Toto, except its the biggest thing in the movie and not the smallest thing. [The beast called Toto] basically ate the first dog, and it’s this big thing that [the inhabitants of Oz] ride. They’ve given this generic word… so instead of horses, [people] ride Totos.”

Ridiculous, I know.  But our ride doesn’t end there.  Fastforward to 2007, when John Olson drafts a second screenplay for a Wizard of Oz sequel.  Unbeknownst to MacFarlane, Olson never received any instructions to base his script on the much talked-about toy line.  So now two versions of a potential sequel remain in existence, and it appears WB has elected to move forward on development of Olson’s “Willy Wonka-esque” version of the magical land of OZ.  The Hollywood Cog:

It’s a modern-day sequel. The story centers on Dorothy Neil, a bright and ambitious young lawyer for a prestigious law firm in Chicago. Neil is the grand-daughter of Dorothy Gale, who is now an old woman living in Kansas and telling her tales about her time in the land of Oz to a new generation of kids. However, trouble is afoot in Oz, as a new witch is destroying the magic that keeps the entire place running. While babysitting her boss’ kid, the kid and Dorothy Neil are brought back to Oz and united with the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow and tasked with killing an evil witch and restoring order in Oz.

Hollywood is relentless.  They just can’t leave well enough alone, not even for one of the most revolutionary movies in the history of cinema.  We witnessed the catastrophe that was Indy 4, and that’s coming from someone who considers the Indy movies his favorite flicks of all time.  I swear, if we get sequels to Independence Day, Jurassic Park, Wall Street, Bull Durham, Lethal Weapon, Blade Runner, Scream, Beverly Hills Cop, Tron, Naken Gun, and Ghostbusters in the upcoming years, I’ll shoot myself — oh, wait…..

(via pajiba, filmdrunk, indiemoviesonline)

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