The Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit, the Superman, and the Prequel


In addition to being wholly unnecessary, director Sam Raimi’s upcoming The Wizard of Oz prequel is also apparently wholly inappropriate. Although this information comes through a shady Internet source more suspect than a “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” character played by a former Oscar winner, the supposed synopsis of The Great and Powerful Oz includes the following note regarding the witches: “Both Evanora and Theodora are described as incredibly attractive, seductive women, and Theodora likes to wear black, thigh-high boots.” Ah, yes, somewhere over the rainbow, there is S&M. After more discussion than is contained in an Aaron Sorkin movie, The Hobbit has finally reached a point where we can declare the following: It’s probably, most likely going to happen. Various media outlets are reporting that despite the loss of the original director, an unseemly labor dispute and a budget north of $500 million, the two-part adaptation will finally shoot starting in February under the guidance of returning director Peter Jackson. This comes as great news to fans of an insanely popular trilogy of movies loaded with special effects, because prequels to such things are always awesome. When tending to the next Superman movie, fans have had only three requests: (1) give us an older Superman, not his origin; (2) don’t deal with the whole “should I be Superman” storyline and (3) give us action, action, action. In one statement, new director Zack Snyder pooped kryptonite, stating the new flick will focus on his early days, dealing with whether he should be a hero and will be more character based. Snyder then revealed there was no Santa Claus. Jerk. Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on the radio on CD 105.9 (Fridays at around 7:30 a.m.), on his blog at Cuttingroomfloor.thereader.com and on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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