Warlords Of Oz

Mini-intro: Back in 1993, I helped with a college production of the Wizard of Oz. Ever since then, I wondered what it would be like if a studio had the cajones to make a sequal that simply blasphemed against the original. No cute songs, no happy midgets. A sequal that would kick everyone's ass!! An action sequal that would make Judy Garland spin in her grave. What if......

NEW LINE CINEMA PRESENTS......

A Grim Reaper production......

Scene opens, showing old footage of Dorothy from "Wizard of Oz" as she sings)

Dorothy: (singing) Somewheeere over the rainbow.....

(POV pans away from her to the beautiful country side of Kansas as she continues to sing)

Narrator: SHE BROUGHT HOPE AND JOY TO THE LAND OF OZ BY DESTROYING AN EVIL WITCH....

(POV floats through the clouds. Dorothy's singing becomes distant, and distorted)

Narrator: SHE GAVE THREE SPECIAL FRIENDS THE JOYS OF BEING HUMAN......COURAGE.....A HEART......A BRAIN.......

(POV flies faster, past the clouds. blurred images of three figures can be seen, vaguely representing the cute versions of the Lion, The Tinman and the Scarecrow. POV flies over a strange yet familiar land. In the distance, the beautiful spirals of Emerald City shine gloriously in the sunlight)

Narrator: BUT WITH THOSE GIFTS........COME A HEAVY PRICE.......

(POV closes in on the Emerald City. Dorothy's singing is replaced by an eerie whistling sound. It is an artillery shell, flying by until it explodes into one of the tall towers of the city. POV turns a quick 180 degrees to face a dozen huge bronze ornate cannons. A tall figure stands in front. ECU shows him to be the "NEW", more menacing Tinman)

Tinman: FIRE!!!!!

(POV cuts to black as the cannons roar to life, launching death to the people of Emerald City)

Narrator: THE PRICE.....OF BEING HUMAN......

(The scene erupts with a montage of battle scenes. "Princes Of The Universe" by Queen plays in the BG. Scene shows what appears to be three armies fighting around Emerald city: Flying Monkeys, Giant trees, and horribly disfigured men with metal grafted on their skin. POV pans away to reveal the back of a young man watching the horrible violent carnage. It is Darian, son of Dorothy)

Darian: My God.........

(More scenes flash by as music plays):

(A house flying through the air)

(Darian, in the house, being tossed around his living room)

(POV showing the house landing on top of it)

(The lion, Dorothy's former friend, is now a beastly monster the size of a greyhound bus sitting on a humoungous marble throne)

Lion: BRING THE BOY TO ME!!!!

(POV shows a decrepit stone tower in the middle of a dead cornfield. Lightning flashes in the background. The scarecrow is seen through the tower window, conjuring black magic. The Scarecrow is now a demented figure with fangs sticking out of his stuffed head. His eyes glow dull yellow from their sockets)

Scarecrow: So, the prophecy is coming true.....

(Scene change to Darian and his new friends as they go down the yellow brick road)

Scarecrow: Dorothy's spawn has come to grant me victory....

(Scene shows Darian fighting a mechanical golem created by the Tinman. They are both about to plummet off a cliff)

(Scene shifts to Darian in the middle of an ancient gladitorial arena)

Darian: I WON'T HELP YOU!! I WON'T!!

(POV switches to a seat in the audience held by the Tinman. He looks like a vicious cyborg wearing a military uniform)

Tinman: (roaring in anger) YES!!! YES YOU WILL!!! OR I'LL KILL YOUR FRIENDS!!!!

Darian NOOOOOOO!!!!

(Scene change to Darian being locked in the Scarecrow's dungeon. The sorcerous Scarecrow taunts him from the cell door)

Scarecrow: You see, my friend.....The old triumvirate fell apart......

(POV shows more battle scenes between Tinman's iron tanks and airplanes against Lion's flying monkeys. POV shifts back to Scarecrow)

Scarecrow: One of us must become the Emperor of Emerald City.....and restore "peace" to the land....

(Scene change to the huge Lion as he and his beastly minions ravage a munchkin village)

Lion: COME OUT, DARIAN, OR I WILL KILL EVERYONE IN THIS TOWN!!!!!

(Darian rushes out in full battle armor and large sword)

Darian: Yo, KibblesNBits!!! You want a piece of me!?!? COME GET SOME!!!

(The Lion, offended by Darian's defiance roars loudly, knocking down several munchkin huts with just the power of his booming voice. Scene cuts to black)

Scarecrow:.....(chuckles) Oh Darian, heheheheheheheh......you think *this* is bad......you should have seen what Oz was like BEFORE your mother arrived......

Narrator: FORBIDDEN KNOWLEDGE....

(Seen shows the Scarecrow shouting angrily and launching bolts of fire from his stuffed hands)

Narrator: CRUELTY......

(Scene shows Darian in the Lion's den)

Darian: You can't kill those people!!! My mother taught you BETTER than that!

Lion: *YOUR MOTHER* TAUGHT ME TO NEVER BE AFRAID TO DO AS I PLEASE!!!!!

Narrator: DESIRE.....

(ECU of the Tinman in his imperial throne room. A lustful glimmer is in his eyes as he looks at Darian's female friend Shayla)

Tinman: Take her to my chambers....where she will "entertain" the future Emperor......

Darian: You touch her and I'll KILL you!!!

Tinman: I *own* you and your friends, and when we have conquered the Emerald city, I will own THE WORLD!!!!

(The Tinman raises his glass in a toast)

Tinman: Here's to the joys of being human!!

(A montage of the cast goes by as the Narrator announces them)

Narrator:

JAMIE KENNEDY

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR

BILLY BARTY

HENRY ROLLINS

ROSE McGOWAN

MATTHEW LILLARD

CHRISTOPHER WALKEN

And Starring.....

SARAH LASSEZ as AURORA

JAMES DUVAL as JORDAN

ADRIENNE KING as the WITCH OF THE NORTH

HEATHER LANGENKAMP as SHAYLA

LIAM NEESON as RIMMER

DEAN STOCKWELL as FAUST

SIR JOHN GIELGUD as the GUARDIAN OF EMERALD CITY

BRIAN BLESSED as the voice of THE LION

LIEV SCHRIEBER as THE TINMAN

ROBERT ENGLUND as THE SCARECROW

and......

JOSH HARTNETT as DARIAN

IN A JOHN WOO FILM.......

WARLORDS OF OZ

COMING SOON TO THEATRES IN THE SUMMER OF 2000