Robert Zemeckis Remaking 'Wizard of Oz' at WB? Say It Ain't So!
If you named five movies that you believe should never, ever, ever be remade, one of the first that comes to mind (for me at least) is The Wizard of Oz. The brilliantly entertaining 1939 classic starring Judy Garland still holds up today and is one of the greatest films ever made, musical or not. Sadly, its time has now come. Deadline says that Warner Bros is looking to develop a live-action remake of The Wizard of Oz and they're currently in "early talks" with Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis to helm. Despite the level of talent involved, this is still something I am completely against. This really is a day I thought we'd never see!
Not many details are known yet, however Deadline says they plan to use the original script from the 1939 movie, which is credited to Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf, though over 19 writers worked on it at the time. This is obviously a jab back at Disney, who is trying desperately to get Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful off the ground before any other number of Wizard of Oz related projects come to fruition. After ImageMovers was shut down by Disney in March, Zemeckis has been poised to make a big return to live-action, despite continuing work on his next film, an animated Yellow Submarine remake. He's also attached to a time travel project at Warner Bros called Timeless that we wrote about a few months ago.
I don't know about everyone else, but this idea disgusts me. I'm a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz and I truly thought it was one of those sacred movies we'd never see remade. What's next, Citizen Kane? Casablanca? Lawrence of Arabia? I know Zemeckis is the guy behind Back to the Future and Forrest Gump and Contact and Cast Away, but it doesn't matter, no one should be remaking this movie. I will admit I'm curious to see what their plans are and how, if at all, they're going to change this. But besides that, I can't see this turning out well, at all. Stick with original projects Zemeckis, don't ruin a beloved classic! What do you all think?