Olson & McFarlane Return To Oz

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures are teaming on “Oz,” a revisionist take on the L. Frank Baum’s 15-book “Wizard of Oz” novel series reports Variety.

Scribe Josh Olson (“A History of Violence”) will write and “Spawn” creator Todd McFarlane will produce. Both are working out the tone which will aim to be a darker and more adult – something along the lines of the recent “Harry Potter” film than the famous 1939 MGM feature.

McFarlane says “I want to create (an interpretation) that has a 2007 wow factor. You’ve still got Dorothy trapped in an odd place, but she’s much closer to the Ripley from ‘Alien’ than a helpless singing girl.”

They also say the film will be more of a sequel than a remake.