Now Dorothy really isn’t in Kansas anymore. The Wizard of Oz is getting a new, horrific twist courtesy of screenwriter Mike Van Waes, EW can confirm.
New Line purchased the untitled project, which is an original horror pitch set in the world of Oz. A producer has yet to be named, since it’s in the early stages of development.
There have been many adaptations and reimaginings of The Wizard of Oz and other Oz stories from author L. Frank Baum, including NBC’s Emerald City, which offers a more serious fantasy tone. On the big screen, James Franco portrayed the titular wizard in 2013’s Oz, The Great and Powerful.
New Line can add this Oz-centric tale to its growing roster of lower-budget horror movies, like The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, the Annabelle spinoffs, Lights Out, and the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s It.
For Van Waes, this marks his third sale of an original concept in the past 18 months, including the Blacklist spec script Hammerstein to Warner Bros. and the adaptation of his book pitch Peeves to Fox Animation. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the news.