Sexy Dorothy + kung fu = 'Oz Wars'

Wizard-of-OzImage Credit: Everett Collection; Warner Bros.Another day, another Wizard of Oz project announced. According to Variety, Corpse Bride co-director Mike Johnson will make the CG/stop-motion Oz Wars. Of course, there’s already Summertime Entertainment’s animated Dorothy of Oz, with Lea Michele voicing Dorothy Gale. There’s Disney’s Oz, The Great and Powerful, with Sam Raimi and Robert Downey Jr. attached. Warner Bros. has a project languishing in development with Dakota Fanning reportedly playing Dorothy’s great-granddaughter. Last month, there were even rumors that Robert Zemeckis was prepping a shot-by-shot remake of the 1939 original, but those reports were quickly shot down.

But give Johnson and the folks at Vanguard Films credit: They’re at least moving in a very different direction. According to Variety, their Oz will feature monsters and martial arts, and Johnson says he wants to “create a world that’s dark, slick, sexy, and dangerous.”

Slick? Sexy? Martial arts? I have no clue how Dorothy looks and lives in Johnson’s world, but I would actually like to find out. I’d say Oz Wars is the clubhouse leader for most-over-the-rainbow concept, but which Oz project are you most excited about?

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  • jasmine

    Robert Downey Jr as Oz. no question

  • Brittany

    NONE. This is ridiculous.

    • gah

      exactly. they need to stop trying to ruin it. someone come up with an original idea!

      • louis

        To gah-Dorothy of Oz is one of the original books by Frank Baum. Original enough for you!

  • Kilo

    I’m most interested in seeing Wicked. Again. It wins.

    • staceykay

      Me too! When are they going to make it into a movie so I can watch it whenever I want??

  • Peter

    “create a world that’s dark, slick, sexy, and dangerous.”

    Oz has already been created. You want to create something different than Oz. Why are you naming it Oz?

  • Daniel


    • No Daniel

      Yes Lea Michele..

    • louis

      You have no class or clue! Shes the next Streisand!!! Whats your problem

  • Flip

    None of them will be as good as the original, so it’s hard to care about any of them.

    • Flip

      The only non-Judy Garland Oz I’ve ever enjoyed is Return to Oz with Fairuza Balk.

  • Angelo

    I have some authentic concept art that was created for Oz Wars on my computer. If anyone is interested, let me know.

    • abel

      I’m interested

    • blark

      No-one is interested. Disregard any replies to the contrary. Go stand under a falling house.

  • Adam

    I think the stop-motion one from the director of Corpse Bride sounds the most interesting, Oz Wars. Corpse Bride was awesome, so I’d certainly look forward to something else from that director. Plus, it would be different enough from the original that there wouldn’t be much need to compare.

  • Angelo

    Here is a link to some leaked concept art and script:

    (I did not leak this photos/material!)

  • Turanga Leela

    Since “none of the above” was not an option, I went with Sam Raimi. It’s the least offensive.

  • Ben

    These filmmakers should go to the Emerald City and ask the wizard for a soul.

  • Heather

    A good take on Oz is Tin Man. It’s not a remake, but more of a reimagining.

  • Kelly D

    Daniel Tosh as the Scarecrow!

    • Luke

      and zac efron as tinman

  • Charleybrown

    Don’t forget there’s also “The Witches of Oz” directed by Leigh Scott.
    I agree with Kilo, I’m most eager for the Wicked movie!

  • Benny

    Somebody make a “Wicked” movie ASAP!

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