While McFarlane verified that such a film is in development, he told Empirethat he’s completely unfamiliar with the rumors of Fanning starring in the movie, though he’s not necessarily against the idea.
“I haven’t heard that,” McFarlane said. “If we just do a sugary sweet Dorothy that everybody has seen over and over for 50 years, as far as I’m concerned, that’s too obvious. I’m happy to go with whoever will get the most people in the seats, but sometimes that can change from month to month.”
The comic book writer and artist, currently working on a new “Spawn” screenplay, confirmed reports that his take on the “Oz” mythoswould be much darker than what was seen in the Judy Garland-starring flick.
“I think my ’twisted’ version is a little scary for Warners to embrace,” said McFarlane. “I essentially pitched ’Lord of the Rings.’ It was big, it was bold and it wasn’t a very pretty place. It was badass! There’s no Baum in it at all.”
In McFarlane’s mind, a darker take isn’t what’s necessary for a revival of “Wizard of Oz,” but the franchise absolutely needed an overhaul of some variety.
“What’s going to get a new generation to go look at Oz is if you reinvent it on some level,” he argued. “Not every single level, but some of them have to be new. Shut down your preconceived notions. For me, you should be looking at an isolated movie, that, oh, by the way, happens to be Oz. To get the new audience you’re going to have to put some edges on this thing.”
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