August 22, 2007
"Dark, edgy, muscular" Oz?
I understand the temptation to want to remake L. Frank Baum's Oz books (considering the Judy Garland movie, though a classic, isn't precisely in keeping with the tone of the original stories.) Still, this news from Variety makes me think that Warner Bros.' vision for a more "Lord of the Rings"-style revisionist take on the tales is an effort in futility. There's only one "Wizard of Oz" film that people are going to care about. It's been done. End of story...(Okay, so maybe "Wicked " the musical would succeed in film version, but beyond that, I think filmgoers are just going to want to click their heels and get the hell out of Oz.)