For anyone who's read L. Frank Baum's original stories, Judy Garland's adventures in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" might come off a bit more musical and sentimental than the slightly darker events within the series' source material. Now, 70 years later, Baum's darker tone could resurface in a cinematic sequel starring Dakota Fanning ("Push") courtesy of producers Basil Iwanyk and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane.
According to the Daily Express Warner Brothers is planning a brand new Oz story following the present day adventures of Dorothy's granddaughter.
But fans shouldn't necessarily expect singing Lollipop Guilds in this incarnation. McFarlane indicates Fanning's potential Dorothy won't be played as the naïve pushover or sweet voice of innocence she's been presented as in previous incarnations.
“You’ve still got Dorothy trapped in an odd place, but she’s much closer to the Ripley character from 'Alien' [played by Sigourney Weaver] than a helpless singing girl," said McFarlane.
McFarlane's been busy working to relaunch Hollywood properties of late, having also reportedly begun writing a new "Spawn" screenplay. So far, though, the writer hasn't indicated direct involvement with an "Oz" script.
While Disney's 1985 sequel "Return to Oz," may have already treaded on some of the franchise's more frightening fare, as a spiritual successor to the original, it still presented the world of Oz though the eyes of a less than contemporary Dorothy. Of course, the film was based on a combination of two original Oz books, while the new film will reimagine the property with an original storyline.
Do you think you'll be off to see the Wizard if this production sallies forth? What do you think of Dakota Fanning as Dorothy? Sing it out in the comments.