Just when I thought Back to the Future month was finally over, Robert Zemeckis is back in the news. Word is he’s in “early talks” to direct a live-action remake of Wizard of Oz using the original script (because who wasn’t clamoring for that?). Last we heard, Zemeckis was attached to
Warner Bros is in early talks with Robert Zemeckis to direct a live-action remake of the The Wizard of Oz and plans to use the original script from the 1939 classic. Warner Bros owns the screenplay because Ted Turner bought it along with the MGM library before Warner Bros bought Turner’s empire. This latest Oz twist comes as Disney is trying very hard to mount The Great And Powerful Oz [the Sam Raimi 3D prequel for which they want Robert Downey].
The original Wizard of Oz script had a total of 19 writers (seems not much has changed in Hollywood) with many of them uncredited, including Bert Lahr who played the film’s Cowardly Lion. This wouldn’t be the first hugely high-profile remake for Zemeckis; he’s in the middle of a Yellow Submarine animated redux for Disney, scheduled for a 2012 release. [Deadline]
Wait, so first he does three motion-capture animated pictures, which are basically to animation what tracing is to drawing, and now he’s doing a remake without re-writing the script? If Brett Ratner ever chokes to death on a Totino’s pizza roll, Robert Zemeckis will be the laziest man in Hollywood.