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Robert Zemeckis to helm remake of 1939 WIZARD OF OZ; using the original script

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
November 16th, 2010

While this seems as if it came out of some fever dream that was had by someone after seeing BACK TO THE FUTURE on the big screen again, it looks as though Robert Zemeckis is not only ready to jump back into the world of live-action filmmaking, but with a remake of one of the true all-time classics of cinema.

Deadline is reporting that WB and Zemeckis are currently in early talks to remake THE WIZARD OF OZ. The kicker is that while there have been takes on the story since the original film in 1939, the remake will in fact utilize the original film’s screenplay.

This film comes in direct opposition of the upcoming prequel to the story, the upcoming Sam Raimi-directed OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, and while it may seem like a project that came out of nowhere, I do have to say, it’s not the worst director to helm the film.

First off, I in no way think that this film should be remade. The film still holds up to this day, and while I’m sure the effects will be great, there is something about the visual style of that original film that makes it the legendary classic that it still is to this day. Also, I highly doubt that they will be able to get a better collection of performances to spearhead the film. But honestly, at this point, if it has to be remade, there are worse hands it could be in than Zemeckis'. I know that’s damning the project with the faintest of praise, but so be it.

That said, am I excited to see it? No way. I don’t find any need for the film to be remade in the first place. What about you? Is this something you think should be made?

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