New WIZARD OF OZ Prequel In Development, Based On HOW THE WIZARD CAME TO OZ

A new prequel to The Wizard of Oz is in development from RamStar Studios, based on a 1991 novelization by author Donald Abbott. Check out the plot details and some promotional materials after the jump!

RAMstar Studios has announced that they planning a Wizard of Oz prequel film, based on the 1991 novelization "How the Wizard Came To Oz", by author Donald Abbot, who is also penning the film's script. The film will be directed by Cole S. McKay, who has done work on films such as Cloverfield and Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.

Similar to the 2013 Disney film, Oz the Great and Powerful, the film will explore how circus stuntman Oscar Diggs was whisked away to the land of Oz and how he became the "wizard" encountered by Dorothy in the famous story, The Wizard of Oz. You can check out a plot synopsis below, along with a few promotional posters and an interview with Abbot dicussing the film!

The film is fully funded with a budget of $35M. They're currently working on casting and have reached out to Nathan Fillion to take up the role of the Wizard. Filming locations for How The Wizard Came to Oz currenlty include Los Angeles and Australia.

Discover how everyone's favorite humbug first found his way to Oz! When circus stuntman Oscar Diggs goes aloft in a balloon and is blown over the rainbow to the land of Oz at the time when both wicked witches are still alive and kicking, he's in for the biggest challenge of his life! Through a delicious set of misunderstandings, the people of Oz mistake Oscar for a mighty wizard and Oscar, ever the showman, plays right along. Staying one jump ahead of the two wicked witches is no easy feat, but Oscar's wit and bag of tricks help him carry the day!
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