Todd Twists Oz

Todd McFarlane will produce an updated version of The Wizard of Oz. This should alarm you because this is Todd’s idea of an updated Dorothy.

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If you thought the Mary Jane statuette degraded women, this should damn well infuriate you. Torture Dorothy comes from Todd’s Twisted Land of Oz toy line coming soon to a toy store near you. I understand that Todd’s built his toy empire on the horror genre, but when you sell toys depicting what amounts to torture porn, you, my friend, are completely fucked in the brain box. I can’t believe there’s a market for something so horribly exploitive.

I feel all icky now. Yuck.

Okay, so yeah, Todd’s producing this Oz remake which makes me shudder. Fortunately, he’s not writing the script. Writer Josh Olson to the rescue:

I saw those toys, and Dorothy as some bondage queen isn’t something I want to do. The appealing thing about the Baum books to me is how wildly imaginative they are. There are crazy characters from amazing places. I want this to be ‘Harry Potter’ dark, not ‘Seven’ dark.

Well thank god for sane minds.

It’ll be interesting to see if this new Oz will indeed spark off a new fantasy franchise. You can already see the results of Harry Potters‘s success with the slate of fantasy novel based movies coming this winter and next year. And let us not forget Wicked, the novel and musical that tell the story from the Wicked Witch’s point of view.

There are clearly more stories to be told in the land of Oz. However, I’m not sure Todd should be telling them.

[Via Variety]