We want to believe this story, but it just seems too
silly. The Hollywood Reporter reported this week that a remake of The
Wiz is in the works, and you won't believe whose being mentioned to take
the places of the original movie's stars. According to the story, Snoop Doggy
Dogg is being touted for the scarecrow role popularized by Michael Jackson,
Warren G. stepping into Nipsey Russell's shoes as the Tin Man, Queen Latifah
vamping as the Wicked Witch of the West and Heavy D. working the Cowardly Lion
role. No names have been mentioned for the role of Dorothy or the Wizard, but
might we suggest the Fugees' Lauryn Hill in Diana Ross' role and Biz Markie as
the imperial smoke-and-mirrors man? Video director Paul Hunter is on track to
direct a script by Mark Brown (How to Be a Player) whose working on a
screenplay based on the original source material in L. Frank Baum Jr.'s novel.
Given that Snoop has expressed interest in working with everyone from Marilyn
Manson to NIN and Beck lately and none of the names mentioned has signed any
contract yet, we recommend you take this story with a shaker of salt.