Adding another Wizard of Oz remake to the pile, Vanguard Films has announced that Corpse Bride co-director Mike Johnson is now working a CGI/stop-motion version of the story: Oz Wars. As in an ill-conceived mash-up of The Wizard of Oz and Star Wars? Thankfully, no--though that is available as a stylish canvas tote. As in a "freaky," "sexy" version of The Wizard of Oz that adds kung fu to the story because it was written by one of the guys who wrote the Space Chimps saga? Yup, that's the one:
Oz Wars, written by Rob Moreland (Space Chimps 1 & 2 and Vanguard's upcoming live action City of Dragons) and Athena Gam (Vanguard's recently announced Alien Rock Band), transforms the Oz narrative into a contemporary, freaky action-packed PG-13 audience pleaser, with Dorothy caught up in a whirlwind of warrior witches, black magic, martial arts and monsters.
"'Oz Wars' is an animated action-adventure story, but unlike most animated films, it's not just for kids," Johnson says. "The Land of Oz will be re-imagined using stop-motion to create a world that's dark, slick, sexy, and dangerous.
But is it "edgy" and Dark Knight-esque?