Terry Gilliam Turned Down WIZARD OF OZ Remake

Remember that Wizard Of Oz remake Warner Brothers was looking to do a while back? The one that Robert Zemeckis met with Warners’ brass about but was never actually offered the job of directing? Well, now we know another director who was approached but passed on the project.

Bleeding Cool is reporting that Terry Gilliam stated that he too was asked by Warners about heading up their Oz redo but declined as original director Victor “Fleming’s film was fine.”

I have to say t hat I am a little disappointed that Gilliam didn’t want to do the film. The original MGM version’s structure of the main story ultimately being a dream Dorothy had (really, I don’t think this is a spoiler 72 years after the film came out) plays to themes that Gilliam has already explored in Time Bandits, Brazil and The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen. Also, by doing a studio film, Gilliam might earn himself some cache that would finally get one of his long-planned projects like The Man Who Killed Don Quixote finally financed.

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A film fan since he first saw that Rebel Blockade Runner fleeing the massive Imperial Star Destroyer at the tender age of 8 and a veteran freelance journalist with twenty-five years experience writing about film and pop culture. He is a member of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle.
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