Apparently Hollywood thinks “The Wizard of Oz” would make a great horror movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, L. Frank Baum’s literary classic is being developed by New Line Cinema based on a screen play pitch written by Mike Van Waes.
The script, yet to be finalized, takes place in Oz, a fantastical world created by Baum for the book in 1900.
The author wrote 13 sequels to “The Wizard of Oz” and it has become the inspiration for many interpretations including the 1939 classic starring Judy Garland.
The world of Oz has always been a creepy one with witches, flying monkeys and other strange beasts.
Whether that translates into an effective horror film remains to be seen.
But New Line Cinema has had a recent re-birth with successful movies such as “The Conjuring,” “Lights Out,” and the highly anticipated Stephen King opus “It.”
No word yet on when production starts or estimated release date for the Oz film.