Dakota may star sequence of The Wizard of Oz


THE story of Dorothy’s epic journey on the yellow brick road, with a Scarecrow, a Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion, helped bring a smile to the face of millions in a world on the brink of war.

Now, exactly 70 years after its release in August 1939, with the world in the grip of recession and British troops facing mounting casualties in Afghanistan, a Wizard of Oz sequel is being planned.

Filming could start next year – possibly in the UK – and 15-year-old Dakota Fanning, the acclaimed actress from Steven Spielberg’s War Of The Worlds and Charlotte’s Web, is being tipped to step into Judy Garland’s shoes and send her career soaring over the rainbow. But the new movie will be “darker and more action-packed” according to one Warner Bros executive.

It is the brainchild of producer Basil Iwanyk, who explained: “It will be set in the present day and feature Dorothy’s granddaughter.”

Co-producer Todd McFarlane said: “You’ve still got Dorothy trapped in an odd place, but she’s much closer to the Ripley character from Alien [Sigourney Weaver] than a helpless singing girl.”

The original movie was based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and it made an instant star of 16-year-old Judy Garland.

Over the Rainbow won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the film was voted Best Picture. It was not a big commercial success, however, barely recouping its then huge production costs of $2.8million.

It has, of course, since become a television favourite and re-releases have earned it a fortune.

The favourable exchange rate against the dollar, plus the host of Harry Potter technicians and special-effects experts available, make Britain an attractive proposition for the project.


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Comment by Georgie Paige on August 23, 2009 at 10:19am
Boo. Not that she's been cast...but that they are taking a classic and trying to redo it. You can't beat the Wizard of Oz. Change it however you want but it won't be as good. It probably won't even be good.
Comment by Liz aka snack Adam Lambert on August 23, 2009 at 10:25am
I'm srupisre there not making a wicked movie based on the wicked witch of the west....She could play Glinda...

my mom might be happy about a new wizard of oz
Comment by Vada on August 23, 2009 at 10:35am
i dont have a very good feeling about this.....
Comment by Rebecca on August 23, 2009 at 10:41am
Nooooo! the wizard of oz is a Classic; a VERY good classic... Why would they remake it ?!
Comment by Victoria♥ on August 23, 2009 at 11:51am
@ rebbecca exactly why would anyone want to remake it. It's apart of our history. Apart of our culture.
Comment by Melissa on August 23, 2009 at 1:20pm
i think thats cool. yeah, its a classic and remaking it isnt the best idea, but the technology and crap we have will make it kick some a.
Comment by ElarieJaymes on August 24, 2009 at 11:24am
They're gonna completely and utterly kill Wiz of Oz. They'll NEVER make it as good unless they DONT link it the the original. Say its a loose follow on, and please god dont call it The Wizard Of Oz 2!! lol


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