No, no, they’re not remaking The Wizard of Oz.
Well… not exactly.
OK, back up — let’s start with the good news. The good news is that Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies, in preparation for their pending 70th Anniversary Blu-Ray release of The Wizard of Oz (due September 29th), are holding a nationwide, one-night-only Hi-Def screening of the film. The screening will be on Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00 PM (local time), and you can find a theater showing it in your area and purchase tickets in advance by clicking here.
In… er… other Oz-related news, Warner Brothers has another Oz-related project in the works (sort of), based on Todd McFarlane’s Twisted Land of Oz toy line, which features Dorothy as a kind of bondage/S&M queen, the Tin Man as a freaky cyborg, and other bizarre takes on L. Frank Baum’s world. Screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence) has been tapped to write, and the only other news at the moment is that the studio is apparently talking to Dakota Fanning to play either a new take on Dorothy, or Dorothy’s granddaughter. Details, as you may have surmised, are sketchy at best at the moment, as much of this is rumor originated by a couple of vague rumors that were skeptically compiled by Slash Film.
I’m not thrilled at the idea, though I suspect the project will gain more steam if Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland picture succeeds. McFarlane’s last film-related project, the wretched and inexorable Spawn, is certainly not a great precedent for his projects, and coupled with the fact that the guy is kind of a dick, I’m more than a little cynical.
But hey, the Blu-Ray release is good news, right?