The Wizard of Oz Remake: Proving There Really Is No Place Like Home

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REUTERS/Anthony Harvey

REUTERS/Anthony Harvey

We’re Off the See the Wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, again!

One movie we never expected to be remade is reportedly making a comeback.  Warner Bros is now in early talks with Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis about a live-action remake of the beloved 1939 classic.

The proposed film will reign so true to the timeless film that Warner Bros, who own the screenplay,  is even planning on using the original Noel Langley script. (Read more in Happy Anniversary, The Wizard of Oz.)

However this isn’t the only Wizard of Oz related film that is currently in the works. Disney also plans to bring us back down the yellow brink road in The Great And Powerful Oz, directed by Sam Raimi,  currently in pre-production with Robert Downey Jr set to star as the wizard. And Surrender Dorothy, a film both directed by and starring Drew Barrymore who will play the great, great-granddaughter of Dorothy who has to learn how to use the power of those ruby red slippers to keep the Wicked Witch of the West from taking control of the kingdoms of Earth and Oz. (Check out TIMES Top 10 Witches.)

Zemeckis is also working on a 3D remake of The Beatles’ 1968 movie Yellow Submarine, due out in 2012.

But does the current frenzy over remakes  suggest that Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? Or is there an assumption that Hollywood remakes  are  superior to the original features? (Check out more in TIMES Top 10 Hollywood Remakes.)

In any case, NewsFeed is certain that the answers will lie once again, somewhere over the rainbow.