EXCLUSIVE: Two-time Tony nominated director Alex Timbers is closed to direct a feature musical adaptation of the Harper Collins Michael Morpurgo book Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz for Warner Bros..
John August penned the script which is loosely based on the book, which tells the story of The Wizard of Oz from the point of view of Dorothy’s loyal companion, and as we all know, they’re not in Kansas anymore.
Jared Stern is serving as executive producer, and Derek Frey, who previously ran Tim Burton Productions and was Burton’s producer, will produce.
Timbers is in Tony contention this year for directing the Moulin Rouge! musical and when the shutdown occurred had Beetlejuice on Broadway as well. In addition he received a creative credit on David Byrne’s American Utopia.
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Timbers’ theater credits include Disney Theatrical’s Peter and the Starcatcher which won 5 Tony Awards and for which Alex was nominated for Best Director of a Play; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which he directed and wrote, for which he was nominated for a Tony for Best Book of a Musical; Rocky: The Musical; David Byrne & Fatboy Slim’s Imelda Marcos musical Here Lies Love at The Public; and The Pee-Wee Herman Show which was filmed for HBO and Emmy-nominated; among many others.
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Timbers is the co-creator and EP of Amazon’s two-time Golden Globe winning series Mozart in the Jungle. Timbers has directed and executive produced the specials John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City and Ben Platt Live From Radio City Musical Hall. He is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and Brecheen Feldman Breimer Silver & Thompson.
August is the BAFTA nominated screenwriter of Big Fish and his feature writing credits include Aladdin, Dark Shadows, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Sony’s first two Charlie’s Angels pics. He wrote and directed the Ryan Reynolds fantasy drama The Nines. August is repped by Verve and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman.
Earlier this year, Warner Animation Group had Scoob! which segued from a theatrical release due to the pandemic onto the studio’s streaming service HBO Max.
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