Wizard of Oz - more adaptations?

It seems that due to the popularity of Alice in Wonderland, there's increased momentum behind proposed remakes of The Wizard of Oz.

1. Originally slated for Robert Downey Jr. but the role has landed on James Franco's lap...for Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful. Franco would take on role of Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs (or O.Z. for short, as the rest of the initials spell out "PINHEAD"), a circus magician from Omaha who mistakenly ends up in Oz. (cinematical) Thanks to Fictional100 for her Twitter heads up!

Warner Brothers and its sister company New Line have 2 possible adaptations being considered:

2. New Line is planning one version to be produced by Temple Hill (company who've had success with Twilight) with script to be written by Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After)

3. Warner Brothers is also prepping a darker "Oz", where the granddaughter of Dorothy will return to Oz to fight evil. Players include screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence) and producer Basil Iwanyk (Clash of the Titans). Todd Macfarlane has also been mentioned as being involved in some way which suggests that this will not be a family-friendly film.

4. Wicked the movie...
We're still waiting on news of the movie adaptation of the hugely popular Broadway musical. Plans to bring it to the big screen seem to be delayed only by its continued success on stage and they don't want the movie to cut into the returns for the stage box office. As an avid fan of Wicked, I'm waiting on this one with great expectation!
- Stephen Schwartz, composer of the Broadway hit mentioned in an interview at Western Michigan University that a movie version of Wicked is in the works but will be released in about 5 years.
- Gregory Maguire mentions in interview done in February 2009:
"Universal plans to film Wicked the Musical for a 2014 release, but the timing is very much in the air. I also sold the rights to ABC TV to make a non-musical television version that will not be based on Winnie Holtzman’s script. "
Update - directors being considered for the project include J.J. Abrams, James Mangold, Rob Marshall and Ryan Murphy

5. The Witches of Oz (2011)
Directed by Leigh Scott, this one has been released and we even have a trailer preview for it. Christopher Lloyd as the Wizard in modern-day telling. Coming soon...

6. Wonderful Wizard of Oz (2011)
John Boorman
is planning a $25 million computer-generated animated version of the classic > ain't it cool news, > article in Variety

7. Dark Oz is an upcoming adaptation of the Calibre Comics series, Oz. It is to be directed by Pearry Teo and star Pras Micheal.

8. Dorothy of Oz, an animated version based on Baum's grandson's tale. Starring Lea Michele, Dan Akyroyd, Kelsey Grammar, Jim Belushi, Martin Short, Hugh Dancy, Patrick Stewart...

9. Oz by Polish Brothers, teaser popped up on Youtube fueling speculation that they are planning on joining the Oz fray of films...

L.A.Times article


  1. I anticipate the movie of Wicked, too!!

  2. Thanks for reporting on these new Oz spinoffs! I knew about Downey's role, but the details of the others is news to me.

  3. That's interesting, and kind of funny — looks like the Syfy channel was ahead of the trend with their versions of The Wizard of Oz ("Tin Man") and Alice in Wonderland ("Alice"). They're set in modern times (so not really part of the period drama genre) but I recommend checking them out if you like those stories!

  4. Hi Heather! I've been meaning to watch Tin Man but it got taken off Youtube before I had the chance. I heard about Alice and wasn't that curious about it until I saw latest Alice in theatres and thought it would be fun to see the Syfy one as well. I don't have cable so have to wait for other means to catch up with those (as well as finding the time!) I love Alice and Dorothy and would love to see a movie version with both! I heard of the musical 'Dorothy Meets Alice' and would like to see something like that!



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