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Disney Developing A Wizard Of Oz Prequel

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We actually like the sound of this!

Sources tell PerezHilton.com exclusively that Disney is developing a prequel to The Wizard of Oz and they're hoping to snag Johnny Depp or Robert Downey, Jr. in the role of The Wizard!

As for a director, Disney likes Baz Luhrmann!

That could be epic — but would that mean we'd get stuck watching Nicole Kidman as Glinda the Good Witch?

We wonder if it will be based on Wicked or if the script is a new interpretation?

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64 comments to “Disney Developing A Wizard Of Oz Prequel”

  1. 1

    Nicole Kidman probably WOULD be present day's best match for Glinda. Assuming they don't decide she's better painted green and wearing a pointy hat.

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    I would hope to the death of me that the movie would be based on the book, Wicked. That seems like such a wonderful idea, though, I don't want an eccentric Johnny Depp wizard guy.

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    Oh no! Not Johnny Depp! How many times can he play the same role! UGH. Anyone but Tim Burton for the director, please!

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    The very idea is dismal. And Johnny Depp? Bless his heart, but hes beginning to play only weirdos. Jack Black would be a better choice.

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    Paris is 29 and still looks 20. I am glad she dumped that remora.

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    If there is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, it SHOULD be based on Wicked, because it's a wonderful story. I know there is a huge push for a big screen version of the musical, but if I had to pick one - it would be a book adaptation. The book is such a dark, deep and intriguing story… the musical only skims the surface and gives it a happy twist. bleh.

  10. jho36 says – reply to this


    i think amy adams would make the best glinda.

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    I mean, it sounds AMAZING :) as long as they don't re make it, but if they decide to go the Dorothy route, I think Taylor Swift would be good choice :) & Nicole Kidman would be an EXCELLENT choice!

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    Both Warner Bros and Universal have optioned Wicked (one the complete musical and the other the script). Warner is in development of sequels based on the Baum books. And another version based on the original book is in development.

    If Disney is able to get the licensing for the Warner Bros owned elements from the MGM version of Oz then it could be really cool. They own what you see that's in the movie and not a part of the book series.

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    Wicked is not even a part of the Wizard of Oz series! It's by a different author, and only based on the Wizard of Oz. The Wizard of Oz is one book in a 13 book series by Baum. I too would love to see a Wicked movie, but based on it's own integrity- not on that of the Wizard of Oz. Sick and tired of the movie industry NOT doing their homework when it comes to movies based on the books. Trust me, if they had read the OZ series- Wicked would make MUCH more sense.

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    Bored with remakes. Guess all the big wigs who make movies have no imagination. Let's get something new worth watching. Pathetic.

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    omg no what an awful idea… The actors, not the movie. I think this could be a good idea if they use unknowns

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    Re: Worldywise – omg he would be the best wizard ever!!

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    I think this is a great idea! Although I don't like the idea of Johnny Depp being the Wizard. He makes all of his characters too weird.

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    FUCK HOLLYWOOD. i'm so sick of these remakes, sequals, prequels, etc. all originality has gone out the window, apparently.

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    OMGSH i reallyyyyy hope its based on wicked!! Nicole Kidman and Johnny Depp would be amazing! Cant wait to see it!

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    Why is he a douchebag? What did he do? He seemed pretty normal to me. But I haven't really been paying attention. I did notice that she had him all done up like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz for Halloween. I found that to be kind of pathetic. He looked like a douchebag that night.

  21. 21

    personally, i think nicole kidman would be great as the good witch…also would be great as the bad witch too….

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    Not quite an exclusive though. Already reported by the LA Times about a month ago. The movie is being developed by Joe Roth and is titled Brick and was written by Mitchell Kapner. It's the backstory of how the Wizard became the Wizard after starting off as a con-man in Kansas.

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    Are you fucking kidding me? Why not just piss on the Mona Lisa? Terrible idea.

  24. 24

    Even though I hate Nicole Kidman I think she would be a good Glenda.

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    Re: jho36 – Absolutely!! I have always thought Amy Adams would make a perfect Glinda, from the second I saw the show on Broadway. I even told my friend that at the time. :)

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    Re: mjfoxfan – I totally agree. Getting tired of seeing Johnny Depp play EVERY eccentric role that Tim Burton et al dream up. How about somebody NEW, who we haven't seen a million times.

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    umm johnny depp DOES play basically eccentric characters in tim burton directed movies, but it says nothing about tim burton directing this movie. johnny has played so many normal characters in his career, do some research before you judge.

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    I doubt that it will be a Wicked based movie, given that Universal is the one that took Wicked to Broadway. Seriously doubt Universal would unhinge its claws in Wicked to allow Disney to run away with their cash cow.
    Sounds like to me that Disney is just trying to ride the new generaion Oz popularity Wicked has created…

  30. 30

    This is one movie property that is best left alone!

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    I don't think it will be based on Wicked. That's a bit too dark for a Disney movie, no?

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    LEAVE WHAT'S AMAZING AND CLASSIC ALONE!! "Wizard Of Oz" is a film that should not be touched or have a prequel done. Wicked is a timeless production that could be destroyed if not done properly and with a no limits production budget.

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    Re: Fashion_Journalista – umm 'WICKED' is actually based on the MGM movie NOT the book series….in the books Elphaba or the wicked witch is NOT green she is a short fat old hag with one eye.

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    Ugh Im so sick of Johnny Depp being in every fucking movie and ruining it. He ruined charlie and the chocolate factory, he ruined sweeny todd. This guy is a good actor but thanks to Tim Burton his career is becoming a bit of a joke.

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    ooh… bad move. Ya don't screw with this movie.

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    Oh no! No! No! No! My God no! It´s the end!

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    Perez is only hoping they make the Scarecrow Gay!

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    Wicked was actually based on both the MGM movie as well as Disney's Return to Oz (in which Tik Tok makes his on screen debut). Both were based on books, but the MGM movie Wizard of Oz took several liberties. The Emerald City itself wasn't even green in the book. The gang had to wear emerald colored glasses that locked to their heads so that everything simply appeared green.

    But anyway, this is not Wicked. This is Brick. See my comment above. This is also not news. Let alone an exclusive.

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    i don't know who's best for the wizard role RDJ or Johnny Depp

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    Prequel? There's plenty of great Baum 'Oz 'books (without having to have Dorothy in them), why don't they go with one of those?

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    Maybe the're just bringing Wicked to the big screen? Ugh, I thought that show was beyond overrated.

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    Well they did the sequel return to oz….as a child scared crap out of me!! I think Isla Fisher for Glinda, Robert Downy for Tin Man, Jack Black for Lion, Vince Vaugn for Scarecrow (although he's a little big), Angelina Jolie for Wicked Witch, and George Clooney as OZ. For Dorothy Amanda Bynes or Mandy Moore

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    Re: ahh_emmx3 – hahahahahah since when is taylor swift considered an actress?

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    I doubt it'll be based on Wicked, I kind of hope it's not honestly - not that I don't love the book and musical in equal parts, but it was still so disappointing to see HOW much they changed the story. I bet they actually use Frank Baum's original novels, he wrote 14 of them all about Oz and a decent chunk of them happened before Dorothy came - I hope they do anyway! They're so good!

  46. 46

    they need to keep thier fucking hands off it. nothing new coming from disney or hollywwod writers. guess they both have lost thier talent. so fucking tired of remakes from these assholes.

  47. 47

    Nicole is an amazing actress, they would be lucky to have her. why you bashing her?

  48. 48

    How many great films and books are they going to ruin?

  49. 49

    I can cast the Cowardly Lion. I have just the person for the job.

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    um based on Wicked…?? Or how about the real books……

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    OMG if they get johnny depp then im down. hahaha

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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO, the only one they can do is wicked anything else would be disgusting and bad for the wizard

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    Is it me or does anyone else notice the fact that for some reason Dorothy's socks are blue here? Aren't they white?

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    Re: bohonk – people would probably piss on the overrated mona lisa but she's behind glass and surrounded by security.

  55. 55

    if they're going to make a remake… then i'd love to see Tim Burton's take on it. Remakes suck anyhow… o_O
    and i love johnny for the wizard! and Amy Adams as Glinda!

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    Actually Perez, there are already books written that detail the story before OZ… they were great books, and a few movies have already been made… Recommend the books- fun reading even for an adult!

  57. 57

    NO!!!!!!! Why don't these talentless hacks draw a mustache on the Mona Lisa while they're at it. The Wizard of Oz is perfect and pure the way it is and no prequel is neccessary. Someone has to stop this blasphemy!!!!

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    Wicked is already a prequel to the wizard of oz. Sounds like there trying to come out with a wicked type movie and profit off the success of the musical/book before the Wicked movie actually happens.

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    I think Johnny Depp would be an excellent choice. Depp has played many different kinds of characters; even the "weird" ones are all vastly different and unique. And who's to say he'll never go back to playing some of the more 'normal' characters like he did earlier in his career? If Depp was your favorite actor–he's mine–you all wouldn't get tired of seeing him in movies.

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    omfg if they make a movie version of wicked that would be awesome, as long as nicole kidman isn't in it it will be bomb!

  61. 61

    If it was johnny depp, i picture him being the tin man lol

  62. 62

    um a wizard of oz prequel? so pretty much Wicked? and please PLEASE no more johnny depp, robert downey douschebag, or fuckwad tim burton. seriously, find some new actors and directors, i'm so sick of the dark quirky bullshit!

  63. 63

    If it's not Wicked… I dont know why they would try. It's already been written, Disney doesn't need to stick their head in everything. Unless they're going to work together with Wicked… then fine.. I'm not excited that it'd be disney though

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    Cool! :)