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How the Wizard Came to Oz is an upcoming film adaptation of the book of the same name written by Donald Abbott who has also written the sceenplay. It is being produced by RAMstar studios  and directed by Cole S. McKay. Since it is a prequel about the Wizard first coming to Oz, the film comes as a contrast to 2013's Oz: The Great and Powerful. A possible but unconfirmed release date is 2018.

Production History

Abbott had written two screenplays, one for his 1991 novel How the Wizard Came to Oz and the other based on 1997's How the Wizard Saved Oz. These two scripts were shared online in 2012 and 2013 respectfully as a project pitch to Amazon Studios (Amazon Studio page). Producer BJ Plott approched Abbott who agreed to make the film, but it was delayed because Disney's film was underway with a simliar premise. In October 2016, the film annoucement was made. If this film is a success, the producers note the possibility of spreading out a franchise based on Abbott's other works.

Plot

The story follows the novel with a focus on the Wizard's childhood.

Trivia

  • Similar adaptations by different production companies is rather common as Disney released their Jungle Book remake in 2016 as Warner Bros. is working on their own Jungle Book movie stated for 2018.

Links

News:

OzIcon Films and Television OzIcon
Silent films Fairylogue and Radio-Plays (1908) • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910) • His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz (1914) • The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) • The Magic Cloak of Oz (1914) • The Wizard of Oz (1925)
Live-action adaptations The Wizard of Oz (1939) • The Wonderful Land of Oz (1969) • 20th Century Oz (1976) • The Wiz (1978) • Return to Oz (1985) • The Wizard of Oz (1994) • Lost in Oz (2002) • The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005) • Tin Man (2007) • La Maga (2008) • Dorothy and the Witches of Oz (2011) • After the Wizard (2011) • Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) • The Wiz Live! (2015) • Emerald City (2017) •
Animated adaptations Tales of the Wizard of Oz (1961) • Return to Oz (1964) • The Wizard of Oz (1973) • Journey Back to Oz (1974) • Dorothy in the Land of Oz (1980) • The Wizard of Oz (1982) • In the Magical Land of Oz (1983) • The Wizard of Oz (1983) • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1986) • Dorothy Meets Ozma of Oz (1987) • The Wonderful Galaxy of Oz (1990) • The Wizard of Oz (1990) • The Oz Kids (1996) • Adventures in the Emerald City (1999) • Lion of Oz (2000) • Marchen Awakens Romance (2007) • Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz (2011) • Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) • Save Oz! (2015) • Lost in Oz (2015) • Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz (2016)
Upcoming adaptations Urfin Jus and His Wooden Soldiers (2017) • Return to Emerald City (2018) • How the Wizard Came to Oz (2018) •Wicked (2019) • The Land of Oz (2020)
Guest appearances Shirley Temple's Storybook (1960) • Superfriends (1980) • Rugrats (1999) • That's So Raven (2003-2006) • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006-) • Inkheart (2008) • Once Upon a Time (2011-) • Supernatural (2013-)
Featured challenges Project Runway (2004) • Face Off (2011)
Shorts and others Beef Ravioli commercials (2006) • After Oz (2007) • Flying Monkeys (2013) • OzLand (2015) • Dorothy in the Land of Stars (2017) •Unknown (TBA)

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