L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz has been adapted so many time we’ve lost count. There have been several remakes, prequels, and sequels all tackling the story of Dorothy, her misfit crew, and those sparkling ruby slippers. According to Pajiba, Drew Barrymore will direct another installment entitled, Surrender Dorothy which she was originally attached to star. Oh how the tables have turned.
Surrender Dorothy first popped up in 2002 and was based on a script by Zach Helm. Eight years later it’s resurfaced as a follow up to Barrymore’s directorial debut Whip It. The film is currently set up at Warner Bros and Flower Films (Barrymore’s production company) and supposedly centers on “the great, great granddaughter of Dorothy who has to learn how to use the power of those ruby red slippers to keep the Wicked Witch of the West from taking control of the kingdoms of Earth and Oz.”
There are already a few Oz films currently in the works including one that takes the focus off Dorothy and puts it on the title character. The film is called Oz The Great And Powerful and will center on the Wizard and his life way before Dorothy came into the picture. There were rumors that Sam Mendes would direct and Robert Downey Jr. would star. Not to be rude, but we’re a lot more interested in the latter than Barrymore’s incarnation of the story.
What do you think of the premise for Surrender Dorothy?