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The Wiz History

Source: Wikipedia

Motown Productions acquired the film rights to The Wiz in 1977, and signed Stephanie Mills in anticipation of having her star in the film adaptation. Motown singer and actress Diana Ross asked Motown CEO Berry Gordy to cast her as Dorothy instead, but Gordy declined, feeling the thirty-three year old Ross was far too old for the part. However, Ross contacted Rob Cohen of Universal Pictures, who offered to have Universal finance the film if Ross were to play Dorothy, at which point Gordy acquiesced.

The resulting film version of The Wiz also starred former Motown star Michael Jackson as The Scarecrow, Nipsey Russell as the Tin Man, [Richard Pryor]as the Wiz, and Lena Horne as Glinda the Good Witch. Ted Ross and Mabel King reprised their respective roles of the Cowardly Lion and Evilene from the Broadway production. Sidney Lumet served as director, working with screenwriter Joel Schumacher (who used none of Brown’s stage script) and music supervisor Quincy Jones. Although the stage musical’s setting begins in Kansas before moving into the fanciful Oz (as do most other versions of the Oz stories), the film version of The Wiz is set in New York City: Dorothy’s real-life home is in Harlem, and the Oz of the film is an alternate fantasy version of the rest of New York City. The $22 million production was poorly received by critics and grossed only $12 million during its original theatrical release. Nor has it become an annual favorite on television as the famous 1939 film of “The Wizard of Oz” did.

The Wiz was Michael Jackson’s first feature film, and is Diana Ross’s final theatrical feature film to date. Its commercial failure helped to bring to an end the stream of all-black films that had begun with the “blaxploitation film” era of the 1970s.[1][2] However, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones’s collaboration on the film’s soundtrack led to Jones producing three of Jackson’s most successful albums, Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad. In later years, due to its recurrent broadcasts on television, The Wiz has become something of a cult classic among African-American audiences. [3]

Return Of The Wiz The Movie

We need your help! We have shopped this movie around Hollywood, and everyone has an excuse as to why this movie won’t work. This movie was made by the people for the people. People in this economy are looking for anwsers. Our money is gone, our gas is high, and we are on the edge of losing our homes as well as our minds.

We need stories in Hollywood that will motivate us, that will invigorate us to change, and make positive moves in our life that will move us to the next level.

I almost threw-up in my mouth when I saw the line-up of movies that are being released in the theater. They are sex-potted comedies, 80 minute non-sense movies that leave you more empty then you were when you entered the movie theater.

Return of the Wiz, turns on the lights and allows the viewers to take a step back into movies that challenge you to think, move you to action, and evoke your mind to look within yourself to find the answers you have been searching for all the while. We need ANSWERS, We don’t need PACIFIERS!

We need your ideas so this movie can be produced, filmed and distributed world wide. We seek film collaborations of all kinds to bring this movie to life! WE NEED YOU!

Please e-mail Talia Moore talia_moore2907@yahoo.com with your ideas.