Expect a dark revisionist take on Frank Baum’s WIZARD OF OZ courtesy of Todd McFarlane, Josh Olsen (History of Violence) & Warner Bros. Variety is reporting the team is planning this darker toned adaptation to be more like a sequel, not a remake. Todd McFarlane thought of the concept and Josh Olsen pitched it to Warner Bros who approved of it.

Here’s what Olsen and McFarlane told Variety:

“The appealing thing about the Baum books to me is how wildly imaginative they are. There are crazy characters from amazing places. I want this to be ‘Harry Potter’ dark, not ‘Se7en’ dark.” –Olsen

“My pitch was ‘How do we get people who went to ‘Lord of the Rings’ to embrace this?’” McFarlane said. “I want to create (an interpretation) that has a 2007 wow factor. You’ve still got Dorothy trapped in an odd place, but she’s much closer to the Ripley from ‘Alien’ than a helpless singing girl.”

There will be no singing Munchkins in this adaptation of Frank Baum’s classic.

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