Warner Bros. wants Robert Zemeckis to remake 'Wizard of Oz'
Normally our anger about Hollywood remaking movies is on a slow slimmer, but here's something to make it boil over: Deadline.com says Warner Bros. wants to remake The Wizard of Oz! What a world, what a world ...
The studio has reportedly started talks with Robert Zemeckis to do a full-fledged retread from the 1939 great's original script. They have rights to it after buying out Ted Turner, who had purchased the rights. Zemeckis is already in the middle of remaking an animated Yellow Submarine for Disney, so he's used to traveling the road more traveled.
Speaking of Disney, they have Sam Raimi working hard on development of Oz: The Great and Powerful, which is pursuing Robert Downey Jr. as its star (don't they remember how bad 1985's Return to Oz was?). Now Raimi can likely work in peace, since all the attention will be drawn to this remake fiasco. Next up for Warner Bros.: Defiling more classics by remaking Metropolis, Citizen Kane and Gone With the Wind.