Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore. In fact, in a ”Wizard of Oz” sequel in development at Warner Bros., Dorothy and Toto are in a place that may be even weirder than Oz: New York City. And Dorothy is played by someone with a little more mileage than Judy Garland had at 17 ? namely, 27-year-old Drew Barrymore. According to Variety, the studio is going ahead with the aforementioned ”Oz” sequel, ”Surrender Dorothy,” with Barrymore attached to star.
It’s not clear when the film might start shooting, as producer Robert Kosberg (”12 Monkeys”) has been developing this project with Barrymore since 1999. He’s also got some other irons in the fire, including potential movies with Adam Sandler (baseball comedy ”Wild Pitch”) and Ben Stiller (”The Hardy Men,” in which the sleuth siblings grow up). But Variety’s report suggests that all these projects are going forward, even as Kosberg signs a new deal giving first-look rights to his future projects to Bungalow 78 Productions (”Patch Adams,” ”Catch Me If You Can”).
In ”Surrender Dorothy,” Barrymore would play an updated version of the heroine of the L. Frank Baum novels and the 1939 movie. Kosberg described the premise a couple years ago to writers’-clearinghouse website AbsoluteWrite.com. While Dorothy appeared to have dispatched the Wicked Witch by melting her with a bucket of water, Kosberg said, ”What if the Witch didn’t die? What if it was all an act? And now it’s the year 2000 and the Wicked Witch is still alive and well and mean and green and she’s broken out of Oz Jail and she’s on her way to New York to get those damn red slippers once and for all.”