#1 By: pesco, August 12th, 2013 16:06
#2 By: digitalArtform, August 12th, 2013 16:14
I wanted to do a story about a person making a road trip across country to see Miss Cleo, and picking up 3 like-minded people along the way.
#3 By: Tim, August 12th, 2013 16:14
A: "OK, so you know how the Tin Man from "The Wizard of Oz" needed a heart or whatever?"
A: "So dig this—we could turn that movie into a medical drama where he's a dude who literally needs a heart transplant to live. And the all-powerful Wizard could be, like, the HMO provider."
B: "HOLY SHIT THAT'S BRILLIANT. Pass the coke."
#4 By: algomeysa2, August 12th, 2013 16:14
I hope in one episode they drop a House, M.D. on the Wicked Witch of the East.
#5 By: Derek Young, August 12th, 2013 16:25
This is why the public domain is so great. It allows people to use well-known elements in new ways, whether they are good or bad.
#6 By: Tim, August 12th, 2013 16:37
The thing that surprises me is that no one has really attempted to just do a straight-up non-ironic, non-sequel, non-prequel, non-"reimagined" version of The Wizard of Oz in nearly 75 years. If nothing else it would have been an interesting to see all the characters realized using modern-day special effects.
(I'm not suggesting a modern take on the book would actually be as good as the original, mind you, but that never stopped Hollywood before.)
#7 By: Manny, August 12th, 2013 16:58
There are 9 gazillion official sequels already written (good ones by Baum and some treacly ones by Ruth Plumly Thompson), plus a lot of other related and overlap books by Baum. I think "Queen Zixi of Ix" or his Santa Claus are due for good movie versions.
#8 By: Derek Young, August 12th, 2013 16:59
That's a good point, but even the 1939 MGM production was a reimagining of the book (and arguably the elements specific to that re-interpretation would be under copyright to MGM). To me, the biggest change is that Dorothy in the movie is generally in need of rescue, while in the book she's responsible for rescuing her friends. My take on the book is that it's pretty episodic, so it would probably work better as a long-form television production instead of remade for the big screen anyway.
#9 By: Tim, August 12th, 2013 17:05
They kind of tried a mish-mash of elements from the sequels in that Return to Oz movie back in the 80s, but for some reason they opted not to include any characters (other than Dorothy) that audiences were actually familiar with. Gregory Maguire also dipped into that expanded universe quite a bit for his novel Wicked (which was later adapted into a musical of its own).
#10 By: Jeremy Erwin, August 12th, 2013 17:19
ruby slippers? how can the movie be a proper allegory about bimetalism if they aren't silver?
#11 By: Neil Mcconnell, August 12th, 2013 18:11
Reality seems to be out-onioning The Onion
#12 By: Tim, August 12th, 2013 18:15
Look no further than the poster for the answer to that question. Imagine trying to convince a movie studio to drop $2 million (in 1939 dollars) on a visual effects extravaganza only to have the central MacGuffin be devoid of color.
#13 By: Boundegar, August 12th, 2013 19:32
If only I could stop this project.
#14 By: L Edwards, August 12th, 2013 20:14
Did you try clicking your heels three times?
#15 By: zebrerose, August 12th, 2013 20:21
A drama featuring a main female character whose life is not defined by romance, being friends with three men, who fix their own damn problems when the system fails them? Somehow I don't think it's going to be as silly as people want it to be. Also it's being produced by the folks (one a lady!) who brought Elementary— one of the most notably diverse and socially conscious new dramas on television. I can't not be interested.
#16 By: pjcamp, August 12th, 2013 20:57
Hasn't Scrubs already been here?
#17 By: Manny, August 12th, 2013 22:13
Tik-Tok. I want Tik-Tok, Ruggedo King of the Nomes, and that cool puzzle room in Ev with the transformed royal family. Billina and Professor Wogglebug! OMG, major geek leak.
#18 By: Brendan Bartlett, August 12th, 2013 23:32
What are they going to be treating people for, Monkeys flying out of their butts?
#19 By: Jonathan Badger, August 12th, 2013 23:57
But wouldn't the Tin Man learn that the humbug Wizard/HMO not only couldn't really give him a heart, but that he had a better one than most people already? Wasn't that the point about the lack of heart/brains/courage in the original?
#20 By: Tim, August 13th, 2013 03:16
If this adaptation follows the novel rather than the 1939 film then the Wizard basically appeases everybody by prescribing a bunch of placebos.
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