To say that history repeats itself would be an understatement when it comes to filmmaking. Movies are remade every year, some of them classics, some of them cult favorites, and some of them that just shouldn’t be touched. The latter of that group includes Victor Fleming’s 1939 adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. According to Deadline, Warner Bros plans to remake the film and Back to the Future helmer Robert Zemeckis might direct!
Sources claim that the studio is in early talks with Zemeckis to helm a live action adaptation of the film. Warner Bros owns the screenplay to the property because Ted Turner bought it along with the rest of MGM’s grand library, and conveniently Warner Bros owns Turner’s media empire. This news comes as a shock because there are several “Oz” inspired projects already in the works including Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful, and Surrender Dorothy from Drew Barrymore’s production company, Flower Films.
We were letting them slide on the various spin-offs, but if they actually have the balls to remake the original, “Houston we have a problem.” This is definitely one of those movies that should be left alone. What’s next, Citizen Kane, Gone With The Wind, and Casablanca? The Wizard of Oz has done great for itself over the past 70 years and it doesn’t need a revamp. For goodness sake, the majority of the film is in color. It’s not like it’s a mangy black and white bore-fest!
What do you think of Warner Bros decision to remake The Wizard of Oz?