The director of movies ‘Wanted’ and ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,’ Timur Bekmambetov, will put together a mini-series based on ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.’ Much like the reimaging of Abraham Lincoln as a gothic hero, the series for Syfy will reimagine Oz in a future, post-apocalyptic setting.
According to Deadline, the series will be called, ‘Warriors of Oz.’ A present day hero will travel to the futuristic Oz where he or she will team up with warriors: Brainless, Heartless, and Coward—not exactly the ideal allies for a battle.
There have been a fair amount of "Oz" remakes lately. This summer was Sam Raimi’s flick ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ starring James Franco. In 2014, there will be an animated movie ‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.’ And, of course, there is the current running Broadway musical, ‘Wicked,’ based on the witches from Oz.
So why all the remakes?
Well I’m not a fancy big city lawyer, but (snaps suspenders) the 1939 Judy Garland classic film ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is under copyright to Warner Bros., whereas the 1900 book ,The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum, is considered public domain. As long as characters and story are sourced from the book and not the movie, then no permission (or money) is required from the creator. There is of course a lot of gray area, and in that case, you will need a fancy big city lawyer.
Do you have any interest in an action series set in Oz?