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'The Wizard of Oz' to Be Remade

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Aug 24, 2007 | 8:16am EDT

Beloved screen classic The Wizard of Oz is to remade by comic book writer Todd McFarlane.

The 1939 classic is to get a gritty makeover in the new version, which will be released to coincide with the original's 70th anniversary.

McFarlane, who created violent comic book series Spawn and has written for Spider-Man in the past, says, "My pitch was 'How do we get the people who went to The Lord of The Rings to embrace Oz.' I want to create an interpretation that has the 2007 wow factor."

A History of Violence screenwriter Josh Olson has been handed the scripting duties.

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