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I Was Born To Write This Movie

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This is Talia Moore, the creator of the script, “Return Of The Wiz.” I will tell you the story about how this film touched my life and how I was born to write this script.

The Wiz was released, October 1978 in movie theaters nationwide. That was the same year that I was born, August 4,1978 to be exact. I was five years old when I remember seeing The Wiz for the first time. I was mesmerized by the characters, loved Micheal Jackson and could not wait for the, “Brand New Day,” song at the end of the film.

As I became older, The Wiz showed regularly every Christmas season. I was excited every year that I was bound to see my favorite movie at least one time a year guaranteed, until like the time I found out that Santa Clause was not real, after I turned 10, there would no longer be a Christmas showing of The Wiz on regular TV.

As I got older The Wiz faded from my memory. I grew older and went on to high school, college, married, and now two kids and two dogs later I had still kept the memory of The Wiz in my mind. I knew somehow that my favorite childhood movie would somehow follow me and have a significant impact in my adult life.

I will never forget it, I was alone on Christmas 2006 because I had to work and my husband and children had gone to my In-laws for the holidays. That year Dreamgirls had a Christmas opening date, and I was compelled to see it yet, the weather was not favorable and the nearest theater showing it was Syracuse, NY, which was an hour away from where I lived. Just as I wrapped up dinner with my friend Jen and her family, my twin sister called and enthusiastically stated that I had to see Dreamgirls tonight, that it was to good to pass up.

So, I jumped in my 92 Mecury Topaz and press through, snow, sleet and winds to see Dreamgirls. It was the greatest African-American musical I’d seen in film since, The Wiz. As I watched the film tears welled up in my eyes as a voice spoke to my spirit …write Return Of The Wiz. With determination in my heart for the next year and half I wrote and re-wrote, and re-wrote again Return Of The Wiz. Now that the script is complete the final step is to see it come to life on screen on Christmas, December 25, 20??

From growing up to love The Wiz , to the coming full circle to write its completion, only leads me to believe that I was born to write Return Of The Wiz. This is my dream. My birthright and my contribution to a classic that has touched the hearts of millions. My only prayer is that a completed remake of The Wiz will touch the hearts of a million more Return Of The Wiz fans that are yet to come. We all have a story to tell, all of us, and this is mine.

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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.

We Knew It Would Happen..We Didn’t Know When..Until Now! Return Of The Wiz (The Movie)

Return Of The Wiz (The Movie)

History repeats itself thirty years later with, Dorothy Marlene as the 22-year old daughter, of the late Dorothy Mae, who along with her dog, Toto are engulfed in a swirling hurricane and thrown into the land of Oz.

Dorothy’s challenges begin when she finds her one-way ticket home, granted by the Wiz will cost her the price of her life. Along her journey she befriends a brainless electronically controlled Scarecrow, a heartless Tin Man from Lover’s Lane, and a socially rejected cowardly Lion from the Congo.

The quartet battles against; sinister flying monkeys, reformed munchkins, hideous crawling creatures and the ultimate Evillous, the daughter of the late Evilleen Wicked Witch of the West, before the Wiz will grant their personal wishes.

The Wiz 1978

This is an excellent adaptation of the Wizard of Oz. It displays a cultural twist from the original that is colorful and fun. The characters are well cast; Each bringing a bit of their real personality to the characters portrayed. The sets are huge. They are decorated with the essence of NY only with a dramatic twist of unusual characters like the numbers running “munchkins,” “Ms. One,” “Evilene” and the colorful, magical and musical “City of Oz,” where “The Wiz” lives atop of the by-gone Twin Towers. Quincy Jones arranged the music for this film and it is outstanding. He actually has a cameo in the film. Can you find Quincy Jones? I strongly recommend this film for anyone who enjoys films that afforded Black actors, performers, musical directors and the like with a platform of creativity and artistic interpretation.

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