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Zemeckis to remake Wizard of Oz based on 1939 script


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#1 of 16 OFFLINE   RobertR

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Posted November 16 2010 - 11:53 PM

I don't think this will work, any more than the Psycho remake did:



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#2 of 16 OFFLINE   MatthewA

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Posted November 17 2010 - 01:50 AM

They couldn't get Gus Van Sant?


And how many un-greenlit Oz films have they announced in the past few years? I lost count.


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#3 of 16 OFFLINE   dpippel

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Posted November 17 2010 - 02:59 AM

Meh.


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Posted November 17 2010 - 01:42 PM

According to Robert Zemeckis' publicist, he's not involved.


http://www.thewrap.c...oz-remake-22600



#5 of 16 OFFLINE   Brett*H

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Posted November 17 2010 - 02:04 PM

Is originality dead in Hollywood?  Sad...very sad...



#6 of 16 OFFLINE   Michael Elliott

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Posted November 17 2010 - 02:30 PM

It's been dead since at least 1939 since that version of OZ was a remake as well.


Originally Posted by Brett*H 

Is originality dead in Hollywood?  Sad...very sad...





#7 of 16 OFFLINE   Malcolm R

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Posted November 17 2010 - 02:44 PM



Originally Posted by Michael Elliott 

It's been dead since at least 1939 since that version of OZ was a remake as well.


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Originally Posted by Brett*H 

Is originality dead in Hollywood?  Sad...very sad...


 

Yeah, didn't the last big OZ set include two earlier versions? Hollywood has been repeating itself since it began.


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#8 of 16 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted November 17 2010 - 02:46 PM

Originally Posted by Michael Elliott 

It's been dead since at least 1939 since that version of OZ was a remake as well.



And even the 1925 version was based on a novel.



#9 of 16 OFFLINE   Michael Elliott

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Posted November 17 2010 - 02:58 PM

It's doubtful any film will capture the heart of the 1939 version but we really need to get real.  There were versions throughout the 1910s and even the version Travis mentioned.  There were remakes after the Garland version.


I know a certain Garland board where people are going crazy but this remake made her a star and another remake (A STAR IS BORN) gave her her comeback so her fans should be thankful that Hollywood lacked any original ideas for the past 100 years.  It's a money machine pure and simple and these "same old, same old" titles are still making cash.



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Posted November 17 2010 - 03:38 PM

Not sure why everyone is so against doing a Oz remake. Id like to see something a bit more faithful.


Not sure what version it is, but AICN had some Oz production art up not too long ago. I thought they mentioned that art was for a animated version.



#11 of 16 OFFLINE   RobertR

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Posted November 18 2010 - 12:19 AM



Originally Posted by JonZ 

Not sure why everyone is so against doing a Oz remake. Id like to see something a bit more faithful.





It's not the idea of doing a movie about Oz that's the problem;  It's the idea of doing a rehash of the 1939 version.



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Posted November 18 2010 - 01:12 AM

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Originally Posted by JonZ 

Not sure why everyone is so against doing a Oz remake. Id like to see something a bit more faithful.





It's not the idea of doing a movie about Oz that's the problem;  It's the idea of doing a rehash of the 1939 version.




Yeah, I'm not a guy who screams about remakes but I just don't understand why they'd use the same script rather than taking a new crack at the book.


Frankly, I find the idea that a remake wants to use the 1939 script hard to believe. They'll already have two strikes against them because they're remaking Wizard Of Oz in the first place (despite the multiple times that it's already been remade) but to make critical comparisons even tougher, they're going to use the same script as one of the most beloved movies ever made? What sense is there in that and what director or studio wants to put themselves and $150 or $200 million in that position?



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Posted November 22 2010 - 08:29 AM

If they re-adapted the books to stay truer to them, I'd be all for it.  Even if this remake was using an original script (I'm presuming the original script of the 1939 film got rewrote like crazy considering all the director change overs), it would be a curiosity I would check out.  If they plan to do a "Psycho" like remake though with updated songs and that... well... just a terrible idea really.



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Posted November 23 2010 - 10:26 PM

Betcha any new version's production company wont get the young star hooked on diet pills...........maybe.


Here's a frightening idea....what if Tim Burton directed it? Imagine Dorothy with a sickly pale complexion (and the patented Tim Burton "dark circles" under her eyes) with Johnny Depp playing all the other parts aside from Deep Roy who would, of course, be playing the all the munchkins........let's picture that for awhile.......hmmm...........nah, I'd rather not imagine that to be honest. I know some think the man can do no wrong but I have grown tired of his repetitive "vision".  YMMV.


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Posted November 24 2010 - 05:36 AM



Originally Posted by TravisR 

According to Robert Zemeckis' publicist, he's not involved.


http://www.thewrap.c...oz-remake-22600



Hopefully that's true, otherwise it will be another of those creepy, CGI motion capture films that seem to be the only thing Zemeckis makes anymore.


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#16 of 16 OFFLINE   RobertR

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Posted November 25 2010 - 02:31 AM



Originally Posted by Kevin M 

Betcha any new version's production company wont get the young star hooked on diet pills...........maybe.


Here's a frightening idea....what if Tim Burton directed it? Imagine Dorothy with a sickly pale complexion (and the patented Tim Burton "dark circles" under her eyes) with Johnny Depp playing all the other parts aside from Deep Roy who would, of course, be playing the all the munchkins........let's picture that for awhile.......hmmm...........nah, I'd rather not imagine that to be honest. I know some think the man can do no wrong but I have grown tired of his repetitive "vision".  YMMV.


OMG....Just before I read your post, I was thinking exactly the same thing LOL.  I hope Burton gets nowhere near this.







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