Last month Spider-Man director Sam Raimi signed up to direct Oz, the Great and Powerful which follows a circus wrangler who is transported by a tornado to the mysterious world of Oz. Once there he gets mistaken for a know-it-all, and eventually becomes the Wizard of Oz.
Now it seems the project has competition, as according to Deadline Warner Bros. is in early talks with Robert Zemeckis (Beowulf) to direct a live-action remake of the The Wizard of Oz. The word ‘remake’ is used quite literally in this instance, as they are apparently planning to use the original script from the 1939 classic.
Is this laziness? Or is it just a tactic so that it can get into production before Sam Raimi’s version? Warner Bros. owns the original script so they can do what they like with it, and they will no doubt change bits of it here and there before shooting, but quite frankly we don’t really need a remake. There is nothing wrong with the original.
The project is in the early stages so things may change if Robert Zemeckis comes on-board, but Warner Bros. may take a few hits for touching a beloved classic such as The Wizard of Oz. At least Disney and Sam Raimi are opting for a different take on the material.
What do you think? Would you be happy with a modern remake or should 60 year old classics be left alone?