Drew Barrymore Directing New Oz Sequel Surrender Dorothy?
Kind of like The Beatles craze going on with movies right now, Wizard of Oz inspired projects are a dime a dozen. We've got that Robert Downey Jr. Oz The Great And Powerful project and Josh Olson's Wizard of Oz follow-up, amongst others. Throw another project on the pile as Pajiba reports that Drew Barrymore, who made her directorial debut last year with Whip It, is attached to star in and direct another new Wizard of Oz sequel titled Surrender Dorothy. The project was apparently first announced in 2002 and is based on a script written by Zach Helm (of Strange Than Fiction). Beyond that we're not sure how soon this is coming.
Apparently Surrender Dorothy is setup at Warner Brothers with Barrymore's Flower Films producing, but they don't know how far into development this is and aren't even sure if Barrymore will actually star in it or hand it off to a younger actor (maybe even Ellen Page, we can only hope?). The story follows 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. Kind of a cool concept, but I'm not sure if Barrymore has the directing experience to handle a special-effects driven project like this, but you never know. I'm mildly interested at least, but it sounds like it's only in early development - stay tuned!