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New Line Cinema developing Wizard of Oz themed horror

THR is reporting that New Line Cinema has acquired an untitled horror pitch from writer Mike Van Waes, which is set in the universe created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and his subsequent novels.

This marks the latest success for Van Waes, who has sold several pitches and scripts over the past year and a half, including the Black List script Hammerspace to Warner Bros., and the book proposal Peeves to Harper Collins, which has also been optioned by Fox Animation.

Baum’s Oz novels have been adapted on numerous occasions, most famously with the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland. Other adaptations include the 1975 musical The Wiz, 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful and the NBC TV series Emerald City. A movie adaptation of the hit musical Wicked is also in development for release in 2019.
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New Line Is Developing a Horror Film Takes Place in the Land of Oz

It was recently announced that New Line Cinema has picked up the rights to a horror script that was written by up and coming writer Mike Van Waes. The setting for the film will take place in Oz from The Wizard of Oz.

THR got the exclusive scoop on this project and this is what they had to say:

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.Baum's story — about a young girl and her dog who are swept away to a magical world where she teams up with the Lion, the Tinman and the Scarecrow to face off against the Wicked Witch of the West — has been adapted numerous times over the years and also used as inspiration for various film,
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An Original Horror Film Set in the World of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Is in The Works

An Original Horror Film Set in the World of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Is in The Works
An original horror film set in the world of “The Wizard of Oz” is in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line Cinema has picked up the pitch from writer Mike Van Waes. While the film will have ties to L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” it will not be a new adaptation of the classic story. It will be an original horror tale that is set within the magical Land of Oz.

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Van Waes’ is a relatively newcomer to the Hollywood writing scene. His credits include “Hammerspace,” which is in development at Warner Bros. His book proposal “Peeves” was bought by Harper Collins and picked up by Fox Animation through Temple Hill.

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Wizard of Oz Horror Movie Is Happening at New Line

Wizard of Oz Horror Movie Is Happening at New Line
New Line Cinema has picked up a pitch from writer Mike Van Waes for a new horror movie that is set in the magical world of the classic film The Wizard of Oz. The project will have ties to both the original 1900 L. Frank Baum novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. No specific story details were revealed, and it remains to be seen what characters from The Wizard of Oz will appear in this story, if any.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of this project, which comes in the midst of the studio's recent success with horror movies. New Line recently released the hit horror movies The Conjuring 2, which earned $320 million at the worldwide box office, and Lights Out, which earned $149 million at the worldwide box office, from just a $5 million budget. New Line will also release the highly-anticipated horror sequel
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Oz Is Headed For Horror With New Line Cinema

There seems to have been quite the resurgence in interest in L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz in recent years – ever since Oz The Great And Powerful arrived in theatres in 2013. We saw the 2014 release of the animated movie Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, NBC’s 2015 broadcast of The Wiz Live!, the recent premiere of the TV series Emerald City, and the development of an animated series at Warner Bros titled Dorothy Of Oz. New Line Cinema even has an L. Frank Baum biopic in the works, titled Road To Oz. But, it’s the studio’s additional acquisition of an original film pitch that’s making the news today, bringing horror to the world of Oz.

The pitch was made by emerging screenwriter Mike Van Waes, who already has projects in development with other studios. His script Hammerspace made the 2015 Black List, with its
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Elements of Oz: Producing Live Video and Interactive Theater

When MGM undertook to produce a film adaptation of the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1938 they wanted to use all the newest technological tools — think Technicolor — and special effects wizardry that they possibly could to bring the fantastic story to life. Equally, when the Builders Association decided to make the film the subject of their latest play last year — Elements of Oz ran Off-Broadway throughout December — they did the exact same thing. But for an innovative theater company in 2016 that meant integrating live video production, online clips, and a multitasking phone app into the onstage proceedings. New media […]
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Emerald City Comes Calling In First Promo For NBC’s Fantasy Series

Nipping at the heels of last week’s trailer reveal, NBC has now debuted the very first promo for Emerald City, one which reimagines a classic in rather spectacular fashion.

It’s a classic yarn that can be traced all the way back to L. Frank Baum’s original novel series, which began life with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900. Back then, Baum’s spellbinding work remained the best-selling children’s book for two years straight, and through time various directors and storytellers have tapped into that legacy, resulting in the likes of Sam Raimi’s lavish prequel Oz the Great and Powerful and 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, arguably the most well-known adaptation of the lot.

Now, it’s almost time for Emerald City to join that bracket. Hailing from showrunner David Schulner (Do No Harm), there was a time early on in development where it looked certain
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‘Emerald City’ Trailer: NBC’s Dark and Gritty ‘Wizard of Oz’ Series Looks Insane

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‘Emerald City’ Trailer: NBC’s Dark and Gritty ‘Wizard of Oz’ Series Looks Insane
L. Frank Baum’s children’s book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” has inspired countless film and theatrical adaptations, including Victor Fleming’s iconic 1939 film starring Judy Garland. Now, a dark, gritty TV series based on the world of Oz will finally the small screens early next year. The series “Emerald City” follows an older version of Dorothy Gale, played by Adria Arjona (“True Detective”), who’s transported by tornado with a K9 police dog into Oz, a land of competing realms, magic and bloodshed. The series co-stars Vincent D’Onofrio (“Full Metal Jacket”) as The Wizard, Oliver Jackson-Cohen (“Dracula”), Ana Ularu (“Outbound”), Joely Richardson (“Nip/Tuck”) and more. Watch a trailer for the series below.

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The series was created by Matthew Arnold, creator, director and executive produced of the first independently-produced network TV series “Siberia.
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‘Emerald City’ Trailer: NBC’s New Drama Starring Vincent D’Onofrio Is ‘Oz’ Via Westeros

Since HBO’s juggernaut hit series debuted in 2011, numerous “[X], but like Game of Thrones” concepts have been tossed around by TV creators on the regular. Few of them have been made so far, but NBC’s upcoming Tarsem Singh-directed drama Emerald City is gunning for the label. A dark new take on the Land of Oz fantasy setting created by L. Frank Baum that began with his The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, the show stars Vincent D’Onofrio as the Wizard and Adria Arjona as an older…
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The ‘Wicked’ movie will get four brand new songs

It has been revealed that the movie version of the smash hit West End and Broadway musical of Wicked will contain four brand new songs not previously heard on the stage.

Deadline reports that the musical’s composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz told a panel at Comic Con yesterday that “At least, as of now, there will be probably four new songs in the movie,” one of them which was cut from the original Broadway production.

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.

Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’sunflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself,
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Wicked movie set for release in December 2019

Universal Pictures has officially set a December 20th 2019 release date for its long-gestating adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical Wicked.

Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is set to direct the film, while stage show writer Winnie Holzman and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz will also reunite for the project.

Based on Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the musical presents an alternative telling of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, exploring the tale from the perspective of the two witches.

Wicked has grossed over $1 billion on Broadway and more than $4 billion around the world, so there’s sure to be plenty of interest in the movie adaptation, which will go head-to-head with one of Disney’s as-yet-unrevealed live-action fairy tale movies.
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The ‘Wicked’ movie gets a release date

Wicked movie: Film version of stage classic heads to cinemas in December, 2019.

The Wicked movie will be based on the long-running Broadway and West End classic.

Wicked movie will head to cinemas in 2019.

It looks like the film version of the hit international musical Wicked has got a release date. The film, which will be directed by Billy Eilliot helmer Stephan Daldry, will head to cinemas on December 20th, 2019, just a few days after Star Wars Episode 9.

The original musical is based on L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wizard of Oz, though it is an alternative story of the witches of Oz, adapted from the book “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by writer Winnie Holzman. The music and lyrics were composed by Oscar-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin), and both talents will work on the film version’s screenplay.
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Mark your calendar: the ‘Wicked’ movie just got a release date

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Mark your calendar: the ‘Wicked’ movie just got a release date
Wicked will finally be on the big screen, 16 years after opening on Broadway. The movie musical adaptation of Elphaba’s story will be our Christmas gift when Universal StudiosWicked musical hits theaters on December 20, 2019. The studio revealed the film’s release date today. Producer Marc Platt (Into the Woods, Wanted) had previously said a 2016 release date was a “loose goal.” Platt and Universal (the company’s Stage Productions arm) were also behind the hit Broadway show retelling the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Since opening in 2003, it’s become the 10th longest-running Broadway show and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning three. Stephen Daldry, known both for his Oscar-winning (The Hours) and Tony-winning (Billy Elliot) work, is set to direct the film. No word on casting yet. Also no word on whether we’ll ever see a non-musical screen adaptation more directly adapted from Gregory Maguire’s Wicked novel. Salma Hayek was previously developing a mini-series based on the 1995 book.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 5/24/16- The Wiz

Today 1985, the first Broadway revival of The Wiz opened at the Lunt-Fontanne THeatre, where it ran for 13 performances. The Wiz is a musical with music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and book by William F. Brown. It is a retelling of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the context of African American culture. It opened on October 21, 1974 at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to the Majestic Theatre. The 1975 Broadway production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 1/20/16- The Wizard Of Oz

Today in 1903, The Wizard of Oz opened at the Majestic Theatre, where it ran for 293 performances. Based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, which was originally published in 1900, much of the original music was by Paul Tietjens and has been mostly forgotten, although it was still well-remembered and in discussion at MGM in the late 1930s, when the classic film version of the story was made. The main plot of the show, as recounted in newspapers of the time, is Pastoria's attempts to regain the throne from the Wizard of Oz. The original protagonists' search for the Wizard puts them on the wrong side of the law. Since then, many new incarnations have been created, including the 1939 film, and the 2011 West End musical.
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The Wiz Live! Review

Mere minutes into NBC’s broadcast of The Wiz Live! you could feel the Internet – or at least its nicer corners – breathe a huge sigh of relief. The network’s previous attempts at creating a classic for a new generation with The Sound of Music Live! and Peter Pan Live! resulted mostly in deflated fodder for live-tweeters hoping to get their fifteen minutes. Against all odds, The Wiz Live! managed to shake the Hate-Watch label and put on a legitimately entertaining show. Thanks to solid casting, spotless performances, and a strong choice of source material, NBC finally found a way to make appointment television satisfying for families and musical theatre fans alike.

Based on L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Wiz eased on to the Broadway stage in 1975 as a soulful retelling that featured an all-black cast and a score with roots in pop and R&B.
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Eddie Redmayne to play author L. Frank Baum in biopic Road to Oz

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TB is reporting that The Theory Of Everything's Eddie Redmayne has been cast as L. Frank Baum in a biopic about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author titled Road To Oz. New Line and Flynn Picture Company are producing the planned film, which will recount the early days of Baum. With Redmayne set to star, the producers are apparently now on the hunt for a director for the project. Road To Oz was written by... Read More...
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Redmayne To Play "Wizard of Oz" Author

Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything," "Jupiter Ascending") will portray "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" author L. Frank Baum in a new biopic of the prolific children’s fantasy writer at New Line Cinema reports The Tracking Board.

Josh Golden penned the script for "Road to Oz" which centers on Baum's early life and the development of his hit 1900 novel - a book partly inspired by his sickly niece Dorothy. Baum led a colorful life including marrying feminist and suffragist Maud Gage Baum, along with working as a newspaper editor, store owner, poultry breeder and some forays on the stage.

Golden's screenplay has made numerous honors lists for spec scripts and was instrumental in his nomination for a prestigious Nicholl Fellowship from AMPAS. What tone the project will go for, or who will helm it, is unknown at this point. It follows in the wake of several Oscar-bait style
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Off to be a wizard: Eddie Redmayne to play Wizard of Oz author L Frank Baum

Oscar-winner will play novelist who tried his hand at poultry fancying and newspaper editing before inventing the fantasy land of wicked witches, munchkins and ruby slippers

Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne will portray Wizard of Oz author L Frank Baum in a new biopic of the prolific children’s fantasy author, reports The Tracking Board.

The film, titled Road to Oz, is based on a much-hyped screenplay by newcomer Josh Golden that was bought by studio New Line last year. It centres on Baum’s early life and the development of his hit 1900 novel, originally titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which was partly inspired by the author’s sickly niece Dorothy.

Redmayne recently won the starring role in Jk Rowling’s Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and will appear as the pioneering transgender artist Lili Elbe in the upcoming Tom Hooper period drama The Danish Girl.
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Tarsem To Helm All Of "Emerald City"

"Immortals," "Self/less" and "The Cell" director Tarsem Singh has been tapped to direct all ten episodes of NBC's recently resurrected event series "Emerald City".

A dark reimagining of L. Frank Baum's classic "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," this gives the story more of a dark adult "Game of Thrones"-style vide.

The action follows twenty-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona) and her K9 police dog who are transported via tornado to a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Ana Ularu have also joined the cast while David Schulner is writing and executive producing.

Source: Deadline
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