Phew: Zemeckis NOT Directing a 'Wizard of Oz' Remake After All

November 17, 2010
Source: The Wrap

Robert Zemeckis

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!

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  • Jericho
    well for now, we dodged a bullet there
  • SkaOreo
    I'm not the biggest fan of Wizard of Oz, but even I know that would be a stupid thing for Zemeckis to do.
  • weezy1
    I'm glad he's NOT going to do the "Wizard of Oz". Now, if he would just leave "Yellow Submarine" alone. all would be right with the Universe!
  • Moon
    I hope he remakes Citizen Kane that would be awesome.
  • Happy Camper
    The Godfather remake would be better!
  • Jeep-Fu
    I think that WB got so much backlash over this idea that they just pulled it and this latest news is just a way of saving face.
  • jedibilly
    The remake of Oz has potential. Leave out the singing, make it dark and spectacular like Narnia. A new Wizard of Oz movie is not an insult to the original, Silly!. It would just be interesting to see it with today's technology! The Wizard of Oz is one of the popular stories made into different versions. Like Alice in Wonderland has done successfully!
  • Dave
    Have Tim Burton Direct Oz. That I would pay to see.
  • courage
    I believe #6 got it right.




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