Broadway is shut down for the foreseeable future, so we’re happy to get our musical fix on the screen. The latest: a musical all about Dorothy’s dog Toto.
The Wizard of Oz is a story that dates back nearly eight decades, but all these years later, it remains a part of our lives. Whether it’s humming and singing “We’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz” or busting out the phrase “I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” the movie is embedded in our pop culture and probably always will be.
And that’s why I’m excited about a rumored Warner Bros. project: it’s not a remake of The Wizard of Oz per se, but rather the same story told from a different perspective. More specifically, from the perspective of Dorothy’s dog, Toto.
According to Deadline, this would be an animated musical loosely based on the book Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of The Wizard of Oz by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Chichester Clark. Mozart of the Jungle co-creator Alex Timbers would direct. The now-canceled Amazon series produced some beautiful music, and I can’t imagine anyone better to helm this particular movie.
All that said, we don’t know how this would work. Will we learn something new about Dorothy’s time in Oz courtesy of Toto? Is the dog going to sing as well? So many questions.
There are a lot of ways the story could go, but with theaters shut down across the country, I’m happy to get my musical fix on the screen, so bring it on.
h/t The A.V. Club