Phew: Zemeckis NOT Directing a 'Wizard of Oz' Remake After All
Woops! Looks like Deadline jumped the gun a little early on this story, but no worries. Yesterday one of the biggest news stories claimed that Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis was "in talks" to direct a remake of The Wizard of Oz using the original 1939 script. Well, The Wrap got in touch with various reps, including Zemeckis' publicist, and learned that the report was "completely untrue" and Zemeckis had only just taken a meeting and was Warner Bros' top choice (of course), as he probably is for everything. Instead, he'll continue work on Yellow Submarine, which starts shooting next year, and leave this entire idea alone.
This is a huge sigh of relief, but the interesting thing is that The Wrap doesn't mention whether or not The Wizard of Oz remake is still in the works. I have more of a beef with the entire concept of the remake than I do Zemeckis' involvement specifically. Entertainment Weekly also confirmed that Zemeckis isn't involved, adding that "discussions about the remake were still very preliminary and nebulous." I hope the execs over at Warner Bros read all the comments and realized this would be a terrible idea. So for now we can breathe a sigh of relief and relax, but there's always a chance it could come back. If that happens - we'll let you know!