Horror “Oz,” Sci-Fi “Joan of Arc” Planned

Stone Village Productions has won a competitive auction for movie rights to Lidia Yuknavitch’s sci-fi novel “The Book of Joan.”

The project is described as a re-telling of the Joan of Arc saga in a terrifying future where the heroine has emerged to save a world ravaged by war, violence, and greed under the iron rule of a dictator.

The rebels are galvanized by the heroic song of Joan, a child-warrior who possesses a mysterious force. Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell will produce.

The acquisition comes as New Line Cinema has picked up Mike Van Waes’ original horror film pitch which is set in the world of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”.

Currently in early development stages, no further details about the project have been released and no producer has been attached at this time. The ‘Oz’ books have been adapted to the screen numerous times, with the 1980s dark kids tale “Return to Oz” considered by some an Oz-themed horror film in its own right.

Source: Heat Vision & Variety