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I could understand if The Wizard of Oz was a movie that was rife with outdated notions that needed updating - but as far as I'm concerned, it's a pretty timeless tale.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.