Warner Bros. Animation is developing a feature film musical inspired by the Michael Morpurgo written book Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz.
The script for the film is being written by John August (Big Fish, Frankenweinie, Corpse Brid) and it’s said that it will loosely be based on the book. The film will tell the story of The Wizard of Oz from the point of view of the dog.
The film will be directed by Alex Timbers, the co-creator of Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle series. Here’s the description of the book:
“I was there,” Papa Toto said, and those magic words sent shivers down my spine. It was going to be the Wizard story. “Dorothy and me were both there.”
We were all silent, snuggled up together, waiting, waiting.
Then Papa Toto began…
When a twister descends on their Kansas farm, Toto and his owner Dorothy hide in the house – only to be plucked into the air and whisked away!
Coming down with a crash in the mysterious land of Oz, the pair meet a series of extraordinary characters: a scarecrow who believes he has no brains, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion who may not be as cowardly as he thinks he is.
But Toto and Dorothy are desperate to return home – after all, home is home, and home is best! So they set off with their new friends on a journey down the yellow brick road to find the only person who might be able to help them: the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
But what they find might surprise them. And on the way, all of them will learn that what they think they are missing might have been there, all along…
Seems like a fun film that the kids might enjoy. It has some decent talent involved with bringing the story to life. Maybe it’ll turn out good! I’m just not sure if people are excited to see this story retold again. What do you think?