Director Robert Zemeckis to Remake The Wizard of Oz
Posted 11.17.10 by Ryan
In a recent interview, Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis admitted that he was approached to direct Warner Bros. planned reboot of Superman but admitted he "passed faster than a speeding bullet" because he didn't want to make the "seventeenth version" of the famous superhero. So if Superman holds no interest for Zemeckis, what would the famed director like to work on? How about Warners' live-action remake of The Wizard of Oz instead?
According to Deadline, Zemeckis is in "early talks" to helm the project, which would use the original script from the 1939 adaptation. A second Oz movie (being made by Disney), is also in the works -- the prequel Oz: the Great and Powerful with director Sam Raimi.
While Zemeckis is not attached officially to the project just yet, remaking a classic movie seems like an odd project for the director to take on as his first live-action movie since 2000's Castaway. Especially after being so quick to bash the Superman reboot. In Zemeckis' defense, The Wizard of Oz hasn't been remade "seventeen times" using the original script.
Zemeckis is currently working on a motion-capture animation remake of 1968's Yellow Submarine for Disney, which should open in 2012.