UPDATE: Zemickis’ publicist has “emphatically denied that he’ll be involved”.

Apparently, beloved  Back To The Future director Robert Zemeckis is in talks to remake The Wizard of Oz, using the original 1939 shooting script. Zemeckis hasn’t made a live-action film since 2000’s Cast Away, choosing instead to focus on creepy motion-capture CG animated weirdness like The Polar Express and Beowulf. He’s also currently developing a CG-animated re-make of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine.

Strangely enough, this is actually one of two “Oz” projects in development. The other, titled Oz: The Great And Powerful is a sort of prequel that would star Robert Downey Jr. as the Wizard, and tell of his arrival and adventures in Oz. Spider-man’s Sam Raimi is attached to helm.

I think the Raimi project actually sounds very interesting. I can’t be the only one who thinks Robert Downey Jr. would be a fascinating Wizard. However, to remake the 1939 Wizard of Oz is pure folly.  What purpose would it serve other than to show off a CGI Emerald City and green-screened flying monkeys? The millions of Oz fans around the around the world would reject it on principle alone. Zemeckis doesn’t need this, and the movie going public certainly doesn’t either. Plus, Verne Troyer singing “The Lollipop Guild”. You know it would happen. (Shudder)


About Jeff Carter

Jeff began his path towards Geek destiny at the age of four, at a drive-in screening of Star Wars. Since then, he's had a love affair with all things nerdy. In the mid to late 90's, Jeff was a staff writer for EchoStation.Com, interviewing Star Wars heavyweights like Timothy Zahn and Drew Struzan. He then went on to review films and write editorial pieces for several blogs in the mid 2000's, wrote and co-created a webcomic strip that ran from 2007-2010, and is currently co-founder of Dead Henchmen Productions, an independent film company based in New England.

Posted on November 17, 2010, in News and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Don’t get me started on Beowulf.

    This is just sheer folly, and another example of Hollywood trying to cash in on an exisiting fan base. Why are there no new ideas! Am I going to be 60 and watching remakes of Twilight? (hahaha… *gasps for breath* hahaha)

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