I was an Oz buff as a kid — I read every book by every author, and I name all of my computers with an Oz nomenclature. (I’m typing this on Spezzle. The iBook that I just sold was Kiki Aru. My G4 was Kabumpo. My PowerBook was Woot. My WiFi network is Gillkin Country. And so on.)
Though I liked the original “Wizard of Oz” movie, “Return to Oz” was awesome because it was dark and scary and magic. For the last year I’ve been enamored with the idea of a Lord of the Rings sort of a series of a few Oz books (remake the two existing movies [the second of which being a combination between “Ozma of Oz” and “The Marvelous Land of Oz”] and then, say, “The Scarecrow of Oz”), made to feel as dark and adventuresome and generally kick-ass as the Rings trilogy. I keep pitching this idea to people, but what with not living in Hollywood, the suggestion is met only with puzzled, polite nods.
As you can imagine, I’m totally geeked to read that Warner Brothers has bought the rights to the first 15 Oz books to turn them into a movie, hewing roughly to producer Todd McFarlane’s vision of a “dark, edgy and muscular” Oz. McFarlane specifically cites the “Rings” trilogy as an influence, saying that he wants Dorothy to be “much closer to Ripley from ‘Alien’ than a helpless singing girl.”
So today I’m coming out of the closet as an Oz geek. I figure it’s safe now. Quick, somebody start a blog to track every bit of news about the progress of this series. I’m ready for it.