Robert Zemeckis May Direct WIZARD OF OZ Remake
Warner Bros. is looking to remake the 1939 classic THE WIZARD OF OZ and is in talks with Robert Zemeckis to direct the film.
Zemeckis has directed some great movies in his past, most notably Back to the Future and Forrest Gump, which earned him a Best Director Oscar. Hopefully with his touch, if Warner insists on remaking The Wizard of Oz it won’t be a catastrophic move.
Warner Bros. will use the original Oz screen play which only has Florence Ryerson, Noel Langley, and Edgar Allan Woolf as credited writers. In actuality, The Wizard of Oz had 19 writers including Bert Lahr who played the Cowardly Lion in the film.
Warner purchased the screenplay from Ted Turner who had ownership of the script from the MGM library.
Interestingly enough, Disney is also working on an Oz themed film The Great and Powerful Oz. The project is being directed by Sam Raimi, who apparently is looking to Robert Downey Jr. for the role of the wizard.
As a HUGE Wizard of Oz fan, I’m a little skeptical to see this film being remade, why mess with a classic? But on the flip side I’m curious to see how a remake would turn out with modern day film making.