Oz (as in The Wizard of) is just so hot right now. We already know about the Oz re-imagining in the works where DG (Dorothy) gets swept off to The Outer Zone and goes on a journey with some weird creatures. Now we're going to see another update of Oz in a feature film. Varietyhas reported that Warner Brothers and Village Roadshow Pictures are teaming up for a flick called Oz -- not based on that sparkly classic film, but directly from L. Frank Baum's books. Well, not directly, but a "revisionist take."

The idea comes from Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and was expanded on and pitched by Josh Olson, who adapted A History of Violence. McFarlane is also the guy behind the "Twisted Land of Oz" figurine series, featuring Dorothy barely-clothed and awkwardly bound while a creepy Munchkin snarls. Before you think of an S&M Oz, Olson has said: "I saw those toys, and Dorothy as some bondage queen isn't something I want to do." McFarlane says: "My pitch was 'How do we get people who went to Lord of the Rings to embrace this?' I want to create (an interpretation) that has a 2007 wow factor. You've still got Dorothy trapped in an odd place, but she's much closer to the Ripley from Alien than a helpless singing girl."

While the plot is being kept under wraps so far, Olson describes it as a remake and says that while a lot of the characters are "all Baum," the plot is mostly his. It'll be interesting to see how the over-sexualized Oz eye of McFarlane and Olson's PG-plan come together. Will it be a mess, a masterpiece or something in between?
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