Dorothy is no longer in Kansas

  • 23 August 2007

Warner Brothers are supposedly attempting to remake the Wizard of Oz, but with something of a twist. History of Violence writer Josh Olson is in the process of rewriting the classic fantasy with input from Spawn creator Todd McFarlane.

The idea appears to have come from McFarlane’s toy range which saw Dorothy reworked in voluptuous style while Toto had become a warthog. Olson is, however, shying away from pushing the remake quite that far. He explained: “I saw those toys, and Dorothy as some bondage queen isn’t something I want to do. The appealing thing about the Baum books to me is how wildly imaginative they are. There are crazy characters from amazing places. I want this to be Harry Potter dark, not Seven dark. We still want to take advantage of the first film, which might be the most beloved of all time, and rely on its place in your cultural memory to bubble beneath the surface. A lot of the plot is mine, but the characters are all Baum.” So it’s more inspired by than adapted from.

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