Hollywood is off to Oz again with yet another reimagining of L. Frank Baum's fantasy kingdom as New Line Cinema is developing a horror-based feature adapted from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its series of increasingly creepy sequels.
Oz has been a popular entertainment destination in the past few years, with Tarsem Singh's ambitious new Emerald City TV series, 2015's live musical presentation of The Wiz on NBC and 2013's Sam Raimi-directed Oz The Great and Powerful all assaulting us with a seemingly unending array of munchkins and flying monkeys. With a flood of comics, toys, games, clothing, cartoons and theatrical productions all frolicking in the same creative poppy fields, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is easily one of the most recognized properties in the world.
This new project will take a different approach to the well-worn material with a more R-rated, horror-based presentation akin to Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, Syfy's The Magicians or even Clive Barker's underappreciated Nightbreed. The idea was hatched from a pitch by writer Mike Van Waes, and anyone who's ever seen the demented Twisted Land of Oz toys from Todd McFarlane knows that a truly frightening adaptation of the beloved children's novel published originally in 1900 is more than possible. Broken down, the novel actually has much more in common with the horror genre than fantasy and the possibilities are enticing.
We'll keep you informed as more info on this Wizard of Oz horror film unfolds. Are you ready for an ultra-dark, disturbing Oz feature or are you avoiding this particular Yellow Brick Road at all costs?
(via Bloody Disgusting)