Tim Burton’s Wizard of Oz

No, this is not in production, pre production, or anything of the sorts. But back in July myself and a few other designers came up with the idea that Tim Burton’s next film, after Alice in Wonderland, should be a remake of Wizard of Oz. Perform the same magic he did with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the same twisted darkness being shown in the ads for Alice, and bring it to the Wizard of Oz. I don’t want to hear ‘the Wizard of Oz should not be remade’. I felt the same about Willy Wonka till I saw it. I’m not saying this new version would be better, only different. For one, it would not be a musical.There would be some significant parallels though between the original and the remake.

We all know the Wizard of Oz – Pink Floyd syncing myth. With that in mind, the film should be made to sync to Radiohead’s In Rainbows.

Initial casting is straightforward as well, Helena Bonham Carter playing the Wicked Witch and Johnny Depp as the Wizard (or either the Scarecrow, Tin Man, or Cowardly Lion). It might be repetitive but use the Oompa Loompa actor for the munchins. Oh, and actually have one of them hanging themselves during the fade to black scene just to really mess with the conspiracy theorists.

Additional Tim Burton creep factors would be his take on the flying monkeys and the poppy seeds.

One question unknown though is, would the film start in black and white and switch to color or how would that classic transition be made?

While writing this and doing some brief IMDB searches, I did come across Lost in Oz, 2000 a TV show Tim Burton wrote that seems to resemble the Oz story. I have never heard of this though and have no idea if this ever saw the light of day so any comments there are appreciated.

In addition, I want to close that while the initial thoughts were to have Tim Burton direct, I would also trust David Lynch and Terry Gilliam for this role.

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