Oz revived as American goes Hollywood

New movie adaptation from McGee signals rebirth for Oz

"There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like..." American McGee has teamed up with director Jerry Bruckheimer to write a film adaptation of his previously-canned game Oz, which will form a prequel to the classic movie The Wizard of Oz.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, McGee said that Oz the movie will star a boy named Arthur who's transported to the faraway land (presumably without the red shoes) which is in the throes of pre-Dorothy turmoil.

"Like Neo in The Matrix films, the boy makes a hero's journey and comes to grips with his powers," said McGee. "What Jerry Bruckheimer was able to do with Pirates of the Caribbean was simply brilliant, and since Oz is similar in tone to that film franchise, I'd like to follow that model."

Bruckheimer also has options for two more movies for which McGee will provide outline treatments and following the deal, McGee's Oz game is also apparently being revived.

Previous publisher Infogrammes, now Atari, originally canned its option on Oz as part of an efficiency drive, but details of a new publisher or publishing deal have yet to be announced. However with a multi-movie deal in the offing and the potential of such a big name franchise, surely that's only a matter of 'when' not 'if'?