Updating ‘Oz’: Somewhere NEW Over the Rainbow?

By: Brodie

Hollywood’s laze knows no bounds. They’re rolling out even more remakes, reboots, and reimaginings of tried-and-true cinematic successes and peddling them as new projects.

The latest classic to get tossed into remake territory is arguably the most beloved movie of all time, The Wizard of Oz.

But how? And, with whom?

Roger-vivier The Los Angeles Times reports Warner Bros. is considering resurrecting the iconic feature for a return trip down the fateful yellow brick road toward Emerald City in a modern, special effects-ladened journey.

There’s an all-new take on the fairy tale titled Oz, scribed by Darren Lemke, and a second, darker incarnation from A History of Violence screenwriter Josh Olson in which the granddaughter of the original Dorothy (Judy Garland in the 1939 classic) travels back to fight an evil presence that threatens Oz.

WB is said to be excited to have another big series to fill the void as Harry Potter readies to come to a close after the release of the final films.

As I eyeball project possibilities, I can’t help but send up a little prayer: Casting gods, please, in the name of everything holy and Oscar-worthy, let Lea Michele be the new Dorothy.

Also, I’m getting greedy: Let there be amazing ruby-red Manolos in the update.