The Wizard of Oz has always been regarded as a family-friendly classic for movie lovers of all ages, but let’s be real for a second: That movie was scary! The twister, the dark forests, the flying monkeys, and (of course) that green-faced witch: All had me hiding my face whenever I was forced to sit through it as a kid. Emerald City may be a fun place to live, but Oz is a land of petrifying peril.
1985’s Return to Oz was even more horrifying. For starters, everyone thinks Dorothy’s crazy so they send her to an asylum to receive electro shock therapy. Once back in Oz, she wanders a decimated Emerald City before being kidnapped by an evil queen who wants to steal her head!
Rather than pussyfoot around the horrific elements of Oz, filmmaker Mike Van Waes has decided to embrace them. He recently pitched his ideas to New Line Cinema who gobbled up the idea. We don’t know much about the unnamed project at this time, but THR reports:
The project, which is in the early development stages, will have ties to the universe created in the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum that was adapted into the classic 1939 film starring Judy Garland.
I absolutely adore the idea of giving Oz the horror treatment, reinventing it as a hellish odyssey. I can’t wait to see what Van Waes brings to the table! Obviously, this project is still in its infancy, so anything can happen, but we’ll keep you posted as details emerge. Stay tuned!