Details of Warner Bros. ‘Oz’ Script Emerge

Published 5 years ago by , Updated January 5th, 2010 at 5:10 pm,

the wizard of oz header Details of Warner Bros. Oz Script Emerge

Back in the summer, the always talkative creator of Spawn, Todd McFarlane, started talking up the Wizard of Oz sequel that has been sitting in Warner Bros.’ lap for years now. McFarlane was claiming that the film was going to be based on his ‘Twisted Land of Oz’ action figures – that is until A History of Violence screenwriter Josh Olson stepped up to set the record straight.

Olson had apparently been working on an Oz sequel called Oz: Return to the Emerald City, which Olson himself had conceived using some of the original Oz books by L. Frank Baum. We heard brief summaries of what the sequel might involve, but nothing really solid…until now.

The details of Olson’s script were snagged by Pajiba, with our friends at First Showing pointing them our way. Check out this synopsis for Return to the Emerald City:

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.

So basically it’s like Spielberg’s Hook or Tim Burton’s upcoming semi-sequel to Alice In Wonderland. I haven’t seen the latter, but the former certainly didn’t do any favors for the “modern day spin on classic fairy tales” genre.

I could understand if The Wizard of Oz was a movie that was rife with outdated notions that needed updating – but as far as I’m concerned, it’s a pretty timeless tale. Throwing a couple of characters from the iPhone generation in there to crack jokes about yellow brick roads, wicked witches and Munchkins seems pretty lame and unnecessary.

And I’m not the only one who thinks so: last we heard Warner Bros. was still on the fence about Olson’s script for Return to the Emerald City. So until we hear that the green light has been lit, feel free to debate away about what kind of Oz film (if any) you’d like to see in the near future.

Sources: Pajiba via First Showing

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  1. pssst… Return to Oz, 1985 Walt Disney Movie with Fairuza Balk… nominated for academy awards… Could have been worse, but yes. A bad idea.

  2. If you’re going to diss a movie like “Hook,” maybe you should take a couple sentences to back up the opinion, or link any article you may have written about it (if one exists). I thought “Hook” was a fun movie. Though it may not have been on quite the same level as the original “Peter Pan,” it did a fine job of expanding the fantasy a bit.

    As for Oz, my wife would disagree with you about the need for an update, or lack thereof. Dorothy Gail was basically a helpless waif in many ways, and certainly doesn’t represent women in today’s market. I don’t see any harm in adding to the mythos a bit. It’s not like they’re re-writing what’s gone before.

  3. ALEX DORN thank u thank u thank u, i have had this movie in my head for years now trying to remember what it was called and i just coudlnt remember or find it anywhere but now i just did u have no idea how long ive been trying to find this movie it scared the crap outa me when i was a kid thank u for finally ending my search im off to watch it and relive some memories.

  4. bad idea…i persoanlly dont like the movie but I do respect it and know that it is a classic. Poeple will never be sattisfied with a sequel on this story and this one shoudl just be left to rest in my opinion

  5. This is a stupid idea. The plot reads basically the same as the original and honestly sounds like a cheap straight-to-dvd sequel.

    I can’t be the only one who thought MacFarlene’s Twisted Oz was a better idea for a movie. At least it wouldn’t be an unneeded sequel or remake, but a dark parody. Sometimes those can be really fun.

    I really hope this Return to Emerald City never gets made.

  6. So long as the entire thing isn’t messed up with pointless CG characters and they right by the original, I think that it would work. I love Hook and intend on seeing the Alice in Wonderland “remake”, so I think that there is a fair amount of potential in movies like these.

  7. @Steve

    I feel the same way about Hook as you man. That comment seemed a little out of left field. That movie was TONS of fun.

  8. Really Kofi… Lay off the “Hook” bashing unless you can back it up. “Hook” had an interesting idea with what would happen if Peter never went back after seeing Old Wendy and meeting her daughter Moira and ends up forgetting everything about Never Never Land.

    “Alice in Wonderland” was one of my favorite stories growing up, but I am willing to give this sequel a chance because it’s Tim Burton. Although my favorite actors cast in this movie: Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman, Christopher Lee, and Stephen Fry are all animated and I only get to hear their voices. Burton should have just animated the Hatter as well since he looks like a cartoon.

    But there was never a live action “Peter Pan” or “Alice in Wonderland” that I can think of. Just the Disney Animations come to mind. “The Wizard of Oz” is live action and more real. I can’t think of another way to put that. To make a sequel of this that’s not in the vein of “Tin Man” seems ridiculous.

  9. Is nothing sacred.

    In the distance my childhood will be voilated. 8-O

  10. I say skip this sequel and make Wicked into a movie

  11. Ah CK Jennings, that’s a great idea!


    Very good!

  12. I quite like the idea of a modern take on ‘The Wizard of OZ’ If it is half as good as WICKED, it might actually enhance my enjoyment of the original.

    Wouldn’t it be good if Liza Minelli played the old Dorothy Gale? She might even sing…

  13. My personal clashes with Olson aside i cant say i wouldn’t like to see this movie made. It all depends on the director, if they gave it a dark look and made it something of a horror movie i would watch it.

  14. Wow, am i late or what?