Drew Barrymore to direct `Wizard of Oz` sequel?

Last Updated: May 19, 2010, 14:34 PM IST

Los Angeles: Actress Drew Barrymore, who turned director with `Whip It!`, is reportedly attached to helm `Surrender Dorothy, a sequel to 1939 classic `Wizard of Oz`.

The sequel, which has been stalled for several years, will be Barrymore`s second directing vehicle after `Whip It`. Barrymore is said to be very much involved in the making process of the movie, which was first announced in 2002 but was stalled, Ace Showbiz reported.

But it seems that Warner Brothers and Barrymore`s production company Flower Films are resurrecting it.

Earlier, it was reported that Barrymore will star in the film. However, it is said that she might be a little too old to portray Dorothy`s great-great-granddaughter. Thus, Pajiba proposes a name for the lead role, mentioning Ellen Page who has starred in her debut.

The film, which has been penned by Zach Helm, follows Dorothy`s great-great-granddaughter who must learn how to use the power of ruby red slipper to keep the Wicked Witch of the West from taking control of the kingdoms of Earth and Oz.

Beside `Surrender Dorothy` there also some other `Wizard of Oz` adaptations in the works. `Oz the Great and Powerful` which is planned to be a prequel has Robert Downey Jr on the cast ensemble, while `Dorothy of OZ`, an animation based on L Frank Baum`s `The Wonderful Wizard of Oz`, will be produced by Bonne Radford.

PTI

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