Wizard of Oz Sequel Gets Ironed Out

By Will LeBlanc 2010-01-05 10:42:29discussion comments
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If you remember back in August, it was rumored that Dakota Fanning was going to be put in a priority mail package and shipped off to the wonderful land of Oz in a “darker and more action-packed” manner. Since then, it seems like there's been quite a misunderstanding and subsequent shake up concerning the sequel to one of the most beloved movies of all time.

Soon after the Dakota Fanning announcement, Josh Olsen was brought on to pen a script, but not for McFarlane's Oz. The script Olsen came back with was for a much more family-friendly version, staying much truer to the actual book sequel written by L. Frank Baum. It seems like studios met with McFarlane and forgot to mention to him that they weren't going to use his idea, but they were going to move forward with a sequel anyway.

Currently, Pajiba is reporting that their inside source has confirmed that the story Warner Bros. will be moving forward with is Olsen's, based on the film's title, Oz: The Return to Emerald City, and this synopsis provided by 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.

This sounds much better than McFarlane's original pitch, which just basically sounded like a Clive Barker movie. The world will have their finger on the pulse of this project, more news to come the minute it's available.
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