Todd McFarlane, creator of the Spawn comic books, says he is working with Basil Iwanyk to produce a new version of “The Wizard of Oz.”
McFarlane says the new version will be closer to the original source material by L. Frank Baum, which is darker than the 1939 classic movie and features less singing.
Warner Brothers is planning a brand new Oz story following the present day adventures of Dorothy’s granddaughter.
And for the role, McFarlane would like to see actress Dakota Fanning take over for Judy Garland.
“You’ve still got Dorothy trapped in an odd place, but she’s much closer to the Ripley character from ‘Alien’ [played by Sigourney Weaver] than a helpless singing girl,” said McFarlane.
You may recall that Disney tried to take audiences back to Oz in the ’80′s with the box-office failure “Return to Oz.” That was a sequel, while this new project is being looked at as a reimagining.