John Boorman to Direct CGI ‘Oz’
After visiting Camelot, director John Boorman (Excalibur) has decided to take a trip to see the Wizard. He has signed to direct a CGI-animated adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
The film is budgeted at $25 million, according to Variety, and marks Boorman’s first animated project. The script will be a collaboration between Boorman, Rom Mita and Jim McClain. The project is already in development and they anticipate inviting audiences along for the ride during the summer of 2010.
Adaptations of the children’s book series have been around since the first motion pictures, best known for the 1939 musical starring Judy Garland. The adventures of Dorothy Gale and her companions have been continued in countless novels, comic books, movies, and television. The most recent incarnation was Sci Fi’s celebrated Tinman miniseries last December.
A new comic book adaptation is coming in December from Marvel, written by Eric Shanower, who has previously adapted the material, and illustrated by Skottie Young.