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Development: Oz animated flick; Dragon Ball film; Andy Weir's Artemis lands writer

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Jul 13, 2018

What would a Friday be without some serious development news from all over the industry? Well, it would certainly be relaxed, but that’s not what Hollywood is all about — especially when it comes to breaking genre news. And do we have some doozies today.

First up, The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Warner Bros. is working on an animated Wizard of Oz story from the perspective of Toto. The dog-focused tale (also titled Toto) comes from a children's book of the same name by War Horse writer Michael Morpurgo.

Mark Burton (Lego Batman, Shaun the Sheep, Madagascar) will be working to adapt the story, which alters Dorothy’s journey through the mystical land with some added canine flair, to become another in his long line of animated favorites.

Another screenwriter doing some serious work is — according to Deadline — Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel, Tomb Raider, Silver & Black), who’s set to adapt Artemis for Fox and New Regency.

That’s The Martian author Andy Weir’s follow-up novel, one that’s adaptation will be directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller. Artemis is a crime story based on the moon, where Jazz is smuggling her days away...until a golden (Han Solo-esque) opportunity falls in her lap. What kind of space scum will she get wrapped up with? Only time will tell.

Deadline also broke the news that director Gregory Plotkin’s Hell Fest — the meta-horror film focused on a slasher running amok at a horror-themed amusement park/festival — has found its co-financiers in Tooley Entertainment and CBS Films.

Hell Fest opens on September 28.

Finally, according to a release, we’re getting a new Dragon Ball movie. Not quite Dragon Ball Z, theatrical rights to the new Dragon Ball Super movie has been acquired by Funimation Films. The movie, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, is the twentieth film in Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball franchise and will add the character (who debuted in 1993’s Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan) to the Super canon.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly is expected to hit North American theaters in January 2019 after opening December 14th in Japan.