Peeps, It’s a Small World ride, Flash Gordon and Wizard of Oz all get new movies

04/23/2014 8:18 PM

05/16/2014 4:00 PM

Peep show

Well, it worked for Legos. Those Peeps marshmallow treats you felt obligated to include in your Easter baskets will be hopping to the big screen, says Filmmaker Adam Rifkin (“Underdog”) has secured the rights from the Just Born candy company and will write the script. This animated confection takes place the night before a diorama contest (like the one in Wichita that spawned this “Wizard of Oz”

creation?). A wayward Peep gets misplaced and must venture through various fantasy lands to find his own, well, peeps. How sweet.

‘Small’ minds

Well, it worked for “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

It’s a Small World, the Disney ride with the perky (or should we say annoying?) theme song, will become a feature film, says

. Jon Turteltaub, who directed two “National Treasure” movies and is working on a third, will direct and co-produce. The ride, which features more than 300 animatronic dolls representing countries around the world, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

News Flash

Well, it worked for Marvel Comics.

Flash Gordon, that space adventurer who got his start in comics 80 years ago this year, may blast off on the big screen again, says The Hollywood Reporter

. 20th Century Fox just acquired the rights, and the screenwriters behind “Star Trek 3” have been hired for the script. The space hero was a staple of early movie serials and returned in an unfortunate 1980 film with Max von Sydow and a soundtrack from Queen. Granted, it’s tough not to come off as cheesy with a mad scientist named Dr. Zasrkov and a tyrannical ruler named Ming the Merciless on the planet Mongo.

Off to see the Wizard

Crown Center will be teeming with Dorothy, Toto and their friends from Oz next week. A nine-city

tour promoting the upcoming animated “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” will stop outside the shopping complex from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Activities include crafts, game stations and the story that inspired the new movie, by Roger Stanton Baum, great-grandson of “Oz” creator L. Frank Baum. The movie arrives May 9. Meanwhile, Crown Center’s own exhibit, “75 Years of Oz, Oh My,” continues through May 4. And Starlight Theatre will present the stage version June 10-15.

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