Warner Bros. today announced plans to create an animated film that retells the events of The Wizard of Oz from the perspective of Dorothy's dog, Toto. Mark Burton is currently in place to write the production. Burton's previous credits include Madagascar, Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Gnomeo and Juliet.
The movie is an adaptation of a children's book titled Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz, which was written by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark. Serving as the inspiration for the movie, the book makes Toto the primary character and has him talk throughout the story.
Jared Stern and Winsor Yuan are also set to be the executive producers for the animated feature. Some of Stern's previous credits include both the LEGO Batman and LEGO Ninjago movies, while Yuan's credits include short films like Silk and Lost Boy Found.
Warner Animation Group has a few other projects in the pipeline, the likes of which include an adaptation of The Cat in the Hat as well as The Billion Brick Race; a spin-off of the LEGO movies helmed by Jorge Gutierrez, the director of Book of Life.