What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 22 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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TeeFury’s t-shirt of the day is a Star Wars/Wizard of Oz mash-up designed by Denism79 and titled “Oz Wars”. You might remember that last week it was announced that Mike Johnson (co-director of the 2005 film Corpse Bride) had signed on to direct the CG/Stop-Motion hybrid feature film Oz Wars. For the story I used an image that re-imagined the Wizard of Oz characters as members of the Rebel Alliance. This design goes off of the same premise, and even features the same title (coincidence? I think not!). The t-shirt is available for only $9 plus shipping, and will only be available today (and today only).
Mike Johnson has signed on to direct the CG/Stop-Motion hybrid feature film Oz Wars. The Academy Award and Annie Award-nominee got his start as the Assistant Animation Rigger and Assistant Animator on The Nightmare Before Christmas. He was an animator on James and The Giant Peach, directed three episodes of the lat 1990’s Fox clay animated television series The PJs, and was co-director of the 2005 film Corpse Bride. So basically, he has a long history with stop motion animation.
Written by Rob Moreland (Space Chimps 1 & 2) and Athena Gam (Alien Rock Band), Oz Wars attempts to transform the Wizard of Oz narrative into “a contemporary, freaky action-packed PG-13 audience pleaser, with Dorothy caught up in a whirlwind of warrior witches, black magic, martial arts and monsters.” It’s being described as an animated film thats “not just for kids,” as the world will be “dark, slick, sexy, and dangerous.” Read the press release after the jump.
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Whew. The last thing fans of Robert Zemeckis want is to see him wasting time remaking The Wizard of Oz. That was a reported project just a day ago — and the report was that the studio wanted Mr. Zemeckis for the film, not that he had signed for it — but EW has a statement from his representative saying that the director will not be taking on the project. Yes, there was a meeting at Warner Bros. about possible directions for a Wizard of Oz remake, and he was at the top of the wishlist to direct.
EW says the idea of the remake is currently ‘very preliminary and nebulous,’ which also implicitly calls into question the idea that any eventual remake would use the script from the 1939 version. Given that there’s already the Disney Oz film The Great and Powerful Oz, which still has Sam Raimi and Robert Downey, Jr. attached, we can probably go without another Oz film for the time being.
I have good news and bad news. The good news first: Robert Zemeckis is making another move back towards live-action. The bad news: it might be with a remake of The Wizard of Oz, which Warner Bros. is attempting to assemble. And while this might not be a shot for shot remake a la Gus Van Sant and Psycho, the idea is awfully close, as the studio wants to use the script from the 1939 version. Read More »
Prepare yourselves now, because the profusion of Wizard of Oz projects hitting in the next few years may start to get a little overwhelming. In no particular order, we already have lined up: Oz, the Great and Powerful, starring Robert Downey Jr. and (potentially) directed by Sam Raimi; Drew Barrymore’s proposed Wizard of Oz sequel, Surrender Dorothy; the Polish brothers’ Oz prequel; Dorthy of Oz, an animated outing; and one of two Warner Bros. remakes, which could either be the Todd McFarlane-produced re-envisioning or the simply titled Oz, written by Darren Lemke (co-writer of Bryan Singer’s upcoming Jack the Giant Killer).
That enough Oz mayhem for you? Or do you think we need one more?
Yup, Universal thinks we need one more. To fill out that already full roster, there’s the upcoming musical adaptation Wicked, a prequel to the classic Wizard of Oz tale that’s told from the perspective of the witches. This will mark the title’s third incarnation, which started as a bestselling novel before finding great success as a stage musical. Which director will be bringing the material to the big screen? The current line-up is enough to titillate: J.J. Abrams, James Mangold, Ryan Murphy and Rob Marshall. More on these selections after the break. Read More »
Pajiba has edited another wonderful montage of movie clips, this time compiling the 100 greatest movie insults of all time in under 10 minutes. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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Pajiba is reporting that Drew Barrymore has resurrected Surrender Dorothy for a possible follow-up to her directorial debut Whip It. This Wizard of Oz sequel was first announced in 2002 with a script by hot shot Zach Helm (who has become known as the mainstream version of Charlie Kaufman, with Stranger Than Fiction and Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium) and with Barrymore originally set to star. The project has been in development since 1999, with producer Robert Kosberg (12 Monkeys).
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FlowingData have converted some of the most famous movie quotes in this history of cinema into an infographic. Check it out, embedded after the jump.
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HowItShouldHaveEnded.com has released a new animated installment, this time showing how The Wizard of Oz should have ended. For those wondering, it involves a munchkin, a gun, and a possibly not-so-good good witch. Watch the video now, embedded after the jump.
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