Thursday, May 20, 2010

Drew Barrymore to direct another Wizard of Oz film; (London) Guardian, 5/19/10

Ben Child, (London) Guardian; Drew Barrymore to direct another Wizard of Oz film:

"Another day, another Wizard of Oz reimagining. Drew Barrymore looks set to become the latest member of the Hollywood glitterati to travel down the yellow brick road after signing on to direct Surrender Dorothy, pitched as a loose sequel to the 1939 musical...

At least five films based on the Wizard of Oz have been reported in recent weeks...

Though all 14 of Baum's Oz books are now out of copyright, and therefore freely available for anyone to plunder, it seems unlikely that all of the above will make it into cinemas: often in these cases, one or more of the films will fall at the wayside at the development stage. If not, there are going to be more wizards in multiplexes over the next few years than at a Harry Potter convention."

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