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New ‘Wizard Of Oz’ To Be Modernized Family Film; Todd McFarlane’s Dark Vision Dead?
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It appears that the creepy world of The Wizard of Oz that everyone wanted to see from Spawn creator Todd McFarlane may not be coming our way any time soon. A scoop from Pajiba points to Warner Brothers passing by McFarlane and moving forward with a take that was once thought to be disliked by those involved.

Back in October was the last time that we heard from McFarlane about the progress of his film, and things seemed to be moving forward (Read: Todd McFarlane Talks The Status Of His Twisted ‘Wizard Of Oz’; Shares Story Details). He claimed that he was developing the film with A History of Violence scribe Josh Olson, whose first script was too light and “too Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” for his darker vision, and that rewrites were happening. The interesting thing about that situation, is that it sounded like McFarlane had sold Warner Brothers on his idea, and that he was perfectly okay with the fact that he would have to sacrifice some of his extreme ideas, saying “I just found it odd that they bought that cool, creepy pitch and now they’re taking a step back.” This quote is now even more interesting with the revelation that Warner Brothers is now leaning MORE toward Olson’s script, and running away from the darker idea all together.

Click on over to read a brief description of the Oz that we just might be seeing in the near future.

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DVD Review: A History of Violence
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A History of ViolenceA History of Violence
Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by David Cronenberg
Starring Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, William Hurt, Ed Harris

“A History of Violence” didn’t get much exposure during its theatrical run, but you can catch it on DVD March 14. In the film, based on the graphic novel of the same name, Viggo Mortensen plays against type as Tom Stall, a meek small-town family man who’s instantly transformed into a local hero after he overpowers two thieves attempting to rob his diner. But his newfound fame brings attention from more than just his neighbors when a disfigured big-city crime boss out for revenge arrives claiming that Tom is actually Joey Cusack, a former mob underling. Can Tom prove his innocence or is he really a criminal with a history of violence?

EXTRAS: Director David Cronenberg offers commentary. Plus, there are a deleted scene, a documentary called “Acts of Violence,” and three featurettes — “Violence’s History: U.S. Vs. International Versions,” “Too Commercial for Cannes” and “The Unmaking of Scene 44.”

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