Drew Barrymore Directing New Oz Sequel Surrender Dorothy?

May 18, 2010
Source: Pajiba

Drew Barrymore Directing

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!

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  • almartva
    This sounds like a job for Tim Burton, maybe Johnny Depp can play a creepy version of Dorothy.
  • tester
    Not sure why, but I simply cannot stand her and will not watch any movie she is in.. So any day she is behind the camera instead in front of it.. is a good day
  • Peace Love & GaGa
    Ellen Page should be Dorothy, Tim Burton should be director, Depp should be the Scarecrow, Helena Bonham Carter should be the Wicked Witch of the West, and....Barrymore should be let go :)
    • yyup
      Ewww I love burton, but he messed up too many awesome classics. He should stick to his darker roots and create more claymation films
      • Aqt
        Tim Burton is sooooo much better on original projects. (Edward Scissorhands, The Corps Bride, Big Fish and so on) he keeps buttering his adaptations. Alice In Wonderland and Charle and the Chocolate Factory are two of my favorite stories of allllll time along with oz and he killllllleddd them both if he ever does oz and makes it bad too im just going to cryy. love johnny deep though as long as hes not being strange and creepy unesasraly.
  • the weatherman
    I'm only interested because I loved Helm's Stranger Than Fiction script.
  • Dandooo
    Tim burten is so predictable, I mean his whole thing is gettin so old for me, I get it he's dark and he likes johnny depp (a bit too much). This film will be terrible, she's not got the experiance.
  • If they want a fluffier sequel with a touch of bite then I reckon Barrymore could pull it off delivering a very mainstream family movie. But she is certainly not the right director if they want to go for a darker, quirkier vision for the sequel, which I hope they don’t.
  • apathetic face on the pic :l .......on to the topic, the premise sounds cool
  • Jeff
    Whatever you do Drew...DON'T act in it!!!
  • Wow, this is a freaky coincidence. One of my good friends has entered a Wizard of OZ contest were she had to put a spin of the Dorothy character. She's changed Dorothy and the whole OZ story into a modern day Bohemian fairytale. She's going to trip out about Drew Barrymore being recently asked to direct something similar.




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