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