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#1 Fiskrens


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Posted 07 November 2008 - 10:34

Boorman follows road to 'Wizard'

John Boorman is attached to direct the $25 million, CG-animated pic "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."

The adaptation of L. Frank Baum's original novel will be Boorman's first toon pic.

Produced by Laurent Rodon and Claude Gorvsky at France's Films Actions and John Boorman's longtime associate Kieran Corrigan, and currently in pre-production, "Oz" is written by Boorman, Ron Mita and Jim McClain ("Robots"). It's skedded for a summer 2010 delivery.

The English-language adaptation maintains the tale's main characters and settings. Unlike the MGM classic, however, it's not a musical.

"Oz" comes as the $35 million Gallic 3-D French toon "A Monster in Paris" has suspended production, reportedly out of financing concerns.

"Oz" consolidates SND's push into animated feature financing. At AFM it is also selling $10 million CG feature "The Magic Roundabout: The Beginning," targeting kids ages 3-8.

...I can actually see Boorman's sensibilities working for this project. The original book's tone was quite different than MGM's musical adaptation & has never been faithfully realized on screen. Also, THE WIZARD OF OZ featured prominently in Boorman's ZARDOZ, so the story is clearly close to his heart. This could be interesting...maybe.

Det här kan ju faktiskt bli nåt. Känns litegrand som när jag först läste att de skulle göra spelfilm av LOTR ("Neeej! Kan bara bli katastrof!") och sedan såg att det var P.J. som skulle hålla i det ("Hmmm... Kanske kan bli bra i alla fall?")
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Posted 07 November 2008 - 11:31

Känns som ett spännande val av regissör men jag ställer mig tveksam tills jag blir motbevisad. :)

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 14:01

En hel drös med Concept Art har hittat vägen till Ain't It Cool. Länkar bara till några exempel, men besök gärna länkarna för att se mer.

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Based upon the original work by Franck L. Baum, The Wizard of Oz is a literary and cinematographic milestone which animated cinema must approach with respect. Why should we make an animated version of this story at all? Given the technical limitations of the day, and the demands of live action, the iconic MGM film could only engage with a fraction of the novel. Animation will allow up to explore the magical fantasy of the book and bring the array of strange and frightening creatures to life.

Therefore my objective in recreating the universe of the land of Oz is to realise the glories of Franck Baum’s novel. The Wizard of Oz is first and foremost a fairytale telling the story of a young girl who has lost her parents and lives in the countryside with her aunt and her uncle but dreams of another reality, of escape, of finding friends who will compensate for the loss of her parents.

Dorothy’s journey through the land of Oz relates a child’s coming of age, the transition from childhood to adulthood. Dorothy learns that she must put away childsish things, take responsibility, and become an adult. She is the only child in the land of Oz, and she has to understand that adults live in an ambiguous world in which the border between the good and the bad is often blurred.

In the original work, the handling of the female characters has been subjected to tremendous care. All the strong and powerful characters are women: Dorothy, the Witch, Glinda. Whereas males are deficient: the Wizard of Oz, the Tin Man, the Lion, the Scarecrow.
Nature also plays a key role in this magical world. It possesses a soul and is inhabited by mysterious forces. This nature isn’t tamed like ours, it belongs to the witches and the wizards. Nature is accordingly handled in the script as a genuine character.

Eventually, the harmony of the film will rest on the atmosphere, for which light is crucial. Today’s animated films generally tend to be over lit. These delightful and touching characters, Dorothy’s companions, represent aspects of the human condition. I will set them in a magical landscape that contains deep shadows and dark mysterious places which reminds us of the hazards we all face as we make our way through the world.

Such a setting will allow Dorothy to remain this unique character who has been through a century of literature and cinema history and is still able to seduce generations of viewers.

John Boorman

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 19:23

Undrar hur många av böckerna de kommer att ta sig an...