Will 'Wizard of Oz' be next for Robert Zemeckis?
November 17th, 2010
03:56 PM ET

Will 'Wizard of Oz' be next for Robert Zemeckis?

"Back to the Future" director Robert Zemeckis may be going over the rainbow for his latest project: a remake of the classic "The Wizard of Oz."

Deadline.com reports that Warner Bros. wants Zemeckis to helm a live-action feature based on the original script for the 1939 Technicolor fantasy starring Judy Garland as Dorothy. That script actually had 19 writers, including actor Bert Lahr, who played the Cowardly Lion.

Oz seems to be a hot topic in Hollywood lately. "Glee" star Lea Michele is headlining "Dorothy of Oz," an animated 3-D film also starring Kristin Chenowith, Kelsey Grammer, Martin Short and Hugh Dancy due out in 2012.

Meanwhile, director Sam Raimi is set to take on Disney's "Oz: The Great and Powerful," a 3-D tale about the Wizard of Oz before he earned his esteemed title, a role Robert Downey Jr. is in talks to portray.

No cast has yet been announced for the Zemeckis' film. Who would you like to see in the roles of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and, of course, the Wicked Witch?

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    September 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Suzanne

    PLEASE leave it alone! You are going to spoil a true classic! The original cannot be improved upon and nothing needs to be changed. It's perfect. Please leave it alone!

    November 18, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Leslie

    I will seriously boycott this movie if he does this. You DO NOT touch these kind of classic movies.... It will never be as a good as the classic. EVER. That's why they are called CLASSICS. God, Hollywood always just trying to make money... the few extra bucks. That's all it's about huh?

    In case you are paying attention Hollywood, here are some other movies you should never EVER "remake" :

    Singin' in the Rain
    Breakfast at Tiffany's
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    My Fair Lady
    Roman Holiday
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Ben Hur
    All About Eve
    It's a Wonderful Life

    ...plus a few others I know I missed....

    ....and last but not least, THE WIZARD OF OZ.

    November 18, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. mejazzbo

    Remakes $uck. Simply a demonstration of how little original thought is spawned in Hollywood in recent years.

    November 18, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Oh my god

    I CANNOT IMAGINE ANYTHING WORSE! Wizard of Oz is a CLASSIC! There are lines and there are LINES and that would be crossing a major one! I don't need to see it "Re-imagined".

    November 18, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Michael Taylor

    LEAVE THIS CLASSIC ALONE! Everytime Hollywood remakes a movie these days it is a unmitigated disaster (i.e. Steve Martin in the place of Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther films!). Victor Fleming got it right the first time! What has Hollywood lost its spark? So much original material out there .. y'know,in BOOKS ... and they choose to remake classic films for contemporary audiences. What, do we have to have flying monkeys with light sabers and the Wicked Witch of the East is a Sith lord. I'll pass on this one!

    November 18, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. peasnrice


    November 18, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. googie24

    I completely agree LEAVE THIS MOVIE ALONE! This is one classic that needs to be the only version. yea, there's two other books and one is already a play make Wicked or The son of the Wicked Witch into a movie. Don't ruin this one and yea I used to actually like The Wiz as a kid, but as an adult it is just plain aweful.

    November 18, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. PC

    Why can't hollywood leave the classics alone? Remakes spoil the uniqueness and originality of the original movies. Plus, the younger generations only know the (often poor) remakes and have no appreciation for the original movies and the stars.

    November 18, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. Carries on

    Really? Is there such a lack of talented writers that don't have an original thought that they have to remake an already amazing movie? Here's an idea...how about remaking Casablanca?! Update it to modern times, in color and 3-D of course and while they're at it, make it a animated musical!!! Or better yet, just leave it alone.

    November 18, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. plewis1956

    I am not at all interested in seeing a remake, but what's the big deal? If you don't like the idea of a remake, just don't watch it. Simple. fqba488

    November 18, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Soljagurl

    OK!! IF he decides to "remake" this Wonderful UNTOUCHABLE CLASSIC, then someone needs to "remake" the Wonderful UNTOUCHABLE CLASSIC Gone With The Wind... I JUST SHOULDN'T HAPPEN!!!

    November 18, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ashley

    It will be a movie for a new generation yes, but why not release the classic wizard of oz for this new generation rather than try and add 3d and digital effects to a movie that is timeless. I would love to see a WICKED movie! That story needs to be put on the big screen with the original Broadway cast.

    November 18, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. Oy vey!

    I'm gonna hold out for the John Waters version of Star Wars

    November 18, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mario

    Wicked Witch... Nancy Pelosi
    Scarecrow (I don't have a brain)...George W. Bush
    Cowardly Lion...Barak Obama
    Auntie Em...Oprah
    Tin Man...Rahm Emanuel
    Wizard...Dick Cheney
    Dorothy...Sarah or Bristol Palin or Tina Fey as either one of them
    Munchkins...2011 Congress and Senate

    November 18, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  16. rolemaker

    The Wizard...Jack Nicholson
    Auntie Em...Betty White
    Dorothy...Miley Cyrus
    This is all I can come up with for now..

    November 18, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  17. Angelo Solare

    Lea Michele would make the prefect Dorothy !!!

    November 18, 2010 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  18. justic

    why is there no imagination anymore in hollywood. trying to remake a classic , is like saying there are many great actors today, and that is even a joke, the great actors are a fading away, no one can make a movie on their own they put their thoughts into a movie to remake and make a mess of it. leave the movie alone

    November 18, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  19. kangapal

    I don't think this movie should be "remade". Wizard of Oz has been a hit with all ages for a very long time. I don't think that remaking it will help in any way. When is Hollywood actually going to be creative and come with an "original" idea to make a film about?

    November 18, 2010 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  20. PBW

    Don't remake this movie please.
    If anything, since the movie was so different than the book,
    do a version that is more faithfully adapted. But leave this classic alone.

    November 18, 2010 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  21. John

    Sure, remake it. We all saw how well the Willy Wonka remake turned out.

    November 18, 2010 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  22. D

    Who knows, it might just turn out to be a great movie.

    November 18, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  23. HateTheDrake

    Didn't "The Wiz" teach us anything?

    November 17, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Be Quiet

    Cinematic BLASPHEMY. Leave. It. ALONE.

    November 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Daniel

    how about a remake of the creature from the lost lagon first? For the record I really enjoyed the Tin Man with Zooey Deschanel.

    November 17, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Must See


    November 17, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  27. BrainDeadHollywood

    What's next? Citizen Kane?

    November 17, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  28. jjj

    wicked witch – Palin

    November 17, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  29. SirDJofRAWK

    Will you people quit whining? "boo hoo! leave it alone! its a classic!" really. If you're THAT OPPOSED, then just don't watch it. I for one am curious to see what a new perspective might have to offer, especially with all the advancements in technology. I think it'd be a pretty crazy 3-d film personally

    November 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • BA Barackas

      F*** the 3D movies – I hate them all.

      November 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • blake

      this movie should never be remade, not saying that the remake wouldn't be any good....with the right director, and the right cast, it may be a perfectly fine movie...but it's always going to be compared to the original, which is going to make it seem not as good. if there is going to be any director, i would like to see Tim Burton doing it...and johnny depp could play any of the characters besides dorothy, perhaps the scarecrow....and helena bonham carter would make an excellent bad witch, and gwenyth paltrow as the good witch. can't decide on who would be dorothy, which is critical....perhaps someone new and fresh, kinda like mia wasichowska was in burtons last remake, alice in wonderland.

      November 18, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  30. Kerri

    I'm all for movies showing a different version of the classic tale or ones that go deeper into a characters back story. However, trying to completely remake the original? You do not, I repeat, DO NOT DO! Hollywood needs to get off this trend of remaking classic movies. They are classics for a reason. Leave them alone!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Loren

    Wicked Witch – Megan Fox

    November 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  32. cc

    Really.. a classic like "Wizard of Oz" and Hollywood feels like it needs to be remade. If it's not broken, don't fix it!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Shyanne's Mom

    PLEASE...do not remake this classic..I feel it would be very hard to re-cast the roles that so many of us love and loved from the original....No one could play Rhett Butler, except Clark Gable, No one could be Father Flannigan, except Spencer Tracy, and no one could be Dorothy, except Judy Garland!!

    November 17, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Jacob Ramirez

    Dorothy - Natalie Portman
    Tin Man - Steve Carell
    Cowardly Lion - Seth Rogen
    Scare Crow - Paul Rudd
    Wicked Witch of the East - Glenn Close
    Glinda,Witch of the North - Amy Adams
    Auntie Em - Helen Mirren
    Wizard - John C. Reilly

    November 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jess

      Natalie Portman? Are you on crack?

      November 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • dadsduchess

      Like those choices!! BUT I have to agree that trying to remake this classic is probably NOT a good idea

      November 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Jess

    Great. I've been looking for a reason to scratch my eyeballs out. LEAVE IT ALONE.

    November 17, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  36. JusSayin

    If u make Joss Stone or Scarlette J. (cant really spell her last name right) play the role of Dorothy...I'll be the scarecrow...hell, I'll play a flying monkey!

    November 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  37. jaclyn

    I wish Hollywood would grow up and quit remaking the classics. A remake of "Oz" just proves my point that this town will do anything for money, even if it's a financial and critical failure.

    November 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  38. DaydreamBeliever

    NO. I don't give a damn how many good movies you've had, you don't touch the classics. EVER. If you must make an Oz movie, "Wicked" is in need to being filmed....

    November 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Amanda

    Please don't re-tell the same old story. Yes, it's a beloved classic. Yes, it's maybe time for an update. But let's take a look at either making the ORIGNAL story as per the book into a movie, or looking at it from another view, as per the story of "Wicked".

    November 17, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  40. boocat

    Doesn't Hollywood have any original ideas anymore? They'll f*** this remake up like they did The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Manchurian Candidate, Planet of the Apes....jeezy creezy. The list goes on and on. That's why I rarely go to the movies anymore. 99% of Hollywood product is CRAP!

    November 17, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Iagree

      they are talking about remaking ...the terminator...the original...
      soon they will be remaking movies before they make it to Blu-ray.....
      you are so right though! lost creativity! and that includes t.v. too 1000 channels and 4 good shows South Park,The Soup and The office.....HBO has Curb!

      November 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agre

      Remakes have been the stigma of Hollywood for decades. Anyone remember "You've Got Mail?" oh wait does anyone remember "Shop Around the Corner" with Jimmy Stewart? Yes REMAKE!

      November 18, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  41. Court

    Leave the classics alone! If ANY "Oz" movie needs to be made, it needs to be the big-screed adaptation of the Broadway musical "Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz"

    November 17, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      It was rumored that they WERE supposed to be making Wicked into a feature film... any truth to this rumor? I'd love to see that.

      November 18, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • mrjamman

      @Jen. Universal has had the film rights to this property since before it became a stage musical. Universal was one of the investors in the Broadway and subsequent touring productions of "Wicked".

      November 18, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • mrjamman


      November 18, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Brittany

      I completely agree. I would love to see a movie rendition of wicked.

      November 18, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Soljagurl

    PLEASE LEAVE IT ALONE!!! There are some movies you just DONT remake...

    November 17, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |

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