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Mike Johnson to Direct Vanguard’s ‘Oz Wars’


Mike Johnson to Direct Vanguard’s ‘Oz Wars’

Vanguard Films has tapped Mike Johnson to direct Oz Wars, an animated feature film that will mix CG-animation with stop-motion techniques.

Johnson previously co-directed with Tim Burton the 2005 stop-motion feature Corpse Bride. He also directed episodes of  the stop-motion TV series The P.J.’s.

“Mike Johnson is a spectacular director and one of the masters of stop-motion,” says John Williams, president and CEO of Vanguard. “We all think  Oz Wars is a wildly original and commercial project that will thrill and astonish audiences.  Additionally, due to revolutionary new stop-motion software, Mike will be making this world-class quality film at an unprecedentedly economical cost point.”

The project is written by Rob Moreland and Athena Gam and turns Oz into a contemporary, PG-13 fantasy film. Moreland scripted both Space Chimps films as well as Vanguard’s upcoming live-action film City of Dragons, while Gam’s credits include Vanguard’s recently announced Alien Rock Band, a live-action/CG hybrid.


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