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Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Producer Wyck Godfrey Talks About the New Film

The dual success of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, both of which ignored previous film versions and stayed much closer to the original novels they were based on, has given producer Wyck Godfrey confidence in adapting The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
In this exclusive interview, Godfrey provides a first look at this all-new version of the story that has nothing to do with the classic MGM musical.

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why???? seriously.... why???
HelaGood - 5/18/2010, 9:39 AM
Given the success of Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, apparently there's a belief that the audience is open to pretty much any classic being remade. The filmmakers are arguing that the appeal is going back to the source material and being faithful to it.
EdGross - 5/18/2010, 9:54 AM
"The filmmakers are arguing that the appeal is going back to the source material and being faithful to it" - hard to argue against that.

the funny thing is if the internet community existed back in 1939 they would've bashed the "Oz" movie to no end. it would've been labeled as a studio exploiting and changing the source material to make it more "acceptable" to a movie going audience. i'm betting the same people clamoring about "being faithful to the source material" all of the time are the same ones who don't think this movie should be remade. a movie that shat all over it's source material.
OdinsBeard - 5/18/2010, 10:20 AM
OdinsBeard, in my interview with him, Wyck said that the thing that convinced him this could be done was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I am a MAJOR Willy Wonka fan from the time I was a kid and went into Charlie with a lot of skepticism, but in the end I enjoyed it in its own right.

I also happen to love the MGM Wizard of Oz film, but I do think it's possible that we can get a very different interpretation that goes back to Baum.
EdGross - 5/18/2010, 10:33 AM
Ed, i agree. i too am a major fan of willy wonka but im sort of the opposite of you when it comes to "Charlie" in the sense i went into it thinking it was going to be awesome and came out with a lot of skepticism.

i think "Charlie" just really didn't offer us anything we didn't get from "Willy" - just different (although well done) actors playing the characters. but with "Oz" i think there is a great opportunity to give us much more than before. ever since i wrote my literary theory paper on "wonderful wizard of oz" i've been calling for a remake. there's so much in the book that's worth a second go-around in film. but do they dare change some of the iconic stuff from the film that was changed from the book? will they do away with the musical numbers? do they dare make the slippers silver instead of ruby? or kill off the witch half-way through? lol probably not but i'm totally looking forward to seeing what they do with a new film. it's time.

just please, please, please no Tim Burton. this needs someone like Del Toro who can use style when necessary but self indulge like Burton. Burton's remake days should be over.
OdinsBeard - 5/18/2010, 11:37 AM
I know for certain that there won't be any musical numbers in it. I really do think that they're determined to stick to the novel as much as they possibly can, while giving it some genuine scope on screen.
EdGross - 5/18/2010, 11:45 AM
i bet whatever score they make for this movie will barrow heavily from the original musical numbers. at the very least, Somewhere Over the Rainbow has to be used in some way. i mean how can they not... and thats coming from someone who wants a remake haha.
OdinsBeard - 5/18/2010, 12:33 PM
Maybe, but my instinct is that they'll want to stay as far away from the MGM film as possible; to truly embrace the fact that they're being faithful to the novel. Not to say we may not get a bit of instrumentation here or there that suggests the original, but overall I would think they're going to want to prove the validity of their point in making the film in the first place.
EdGross - 5/18/2010, 12:35 PM
what? no songs???
HelaGood - 5/18/2010, 1:05 PM
Not from what I understand. Actually, it's probably smarter that way -- do you really think they'd come up with songs that would measure up with the originals?
EdGross - 5/18/2010, 1:43 PM
oh man, Ed you're even worse than me when it comes to forgetting the original! (in the case of the remake. the original will never be "forgotten") i think it's worth throwing in little nods to the original because so many people have sticks up their butts about remaking this. like i think you have to keep the ruby slippers and feature a instrumental score of "rainbow" - and that is only because i want the movie to do well. im all for a straight adaptation of everything directly from the book. but most people aren't and everyone should be able to enjoy this movie!

any clue on who's going to be involved production-wise?
OdinsBeard - 5/19/2010, 12:08 PM
so it seems as if all these movies will be pushed. Due to the fact one has already been made with a dream cast to boot.

Trailer is up and all over the web. Looks pretty cool! Wizard is Christopher Lloyd..Love him, cast is Mia Sara, Sean Astin and Billy Boyd together again. Ethan Embry, Lance Henrickson. Looks like they have alot unknowns as well. Director Leigh Scott from the cult syfy movies.

One thing is they dont have the witch, lion or scarecrow named. They do have a Glinda, played by Noel Thurman. She looks familiar cant place her. After reading the imdb posts looks like they do have the characters in the film. However I don't know why they aren't listed.

Anyway film looks pretty cool~`
oz101 - 5/19/2010, 3:08 PM

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