Move over Peter Pan and Mr. Banks. Make way for the Wizard of Oz.
In 2004, Maramax FIlms enlightend us with the beautiful story of author J.M. Barrie and his friendship with the Davies family who inspired him to create Peter Pan. And last year, Disney Studios captivated us with ‘Saving Mr. Banks’, giving us a behind-the-scenes look to the evolution of the treasured and beloved movie, Mary Poppins. A movie that we sadly learn almost never was.
What would you say if another classic movie was about to get its secrets revealed? What if we told you that New Line Cinema is in the works to make a movie about author L. Frank Baum and how his best-selling children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz transformed from the written word to the big screen. I know I’ll give you a moment. This is such incredible news.
New Line Cinema has preemptively picked up spec script Road to Oz, written by a hot rising talent Josh Golden. The script chronicles the early days of the whimsical author. Golden and his script are so hot that it is a finalist for the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowship, which was announced earlier this week. Golden worked with Nellie Bellflower, who produced Finding Neverland, and Michael Mislove on developing the script who will also be producing Road to Oz.
Baum was a prolific writer who wrote 13 sequels to the hit The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He also wrote more than a dozen other books including Dot and Tot of Merryland, The Sea Faties, and Sky Island.
Baum’s Oz has truly stood the test of time. Starting with the 1939 classic black and white film adaption featuring the uber talented, Judy Garland, than making its way to the Broadway stage in 2003 as Wicked, and then last year it became a 3D technicolor dream as Oz the Great and Powerful starring James Franco and Mila Kunis.
We truly can’t wait to see this movie. It is going to be massive.