Teo’s Journey to Dark OZ

Dark OzWe just got word from Quiet Earth‘s Don Neumann that a director has joined them to helm at least one of the planned three films based off the badass comic Dark OZ. The Gene Generation‘s own Pearry Reginald Teo will be stepping up to the plate for what we’ve been told will be a very Return to OZ and “steampunk” inspired adaptation.

This follows the news that Pras Michel of The Fugees has inked to play the Scarecrow. The Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and the other citizens of the land over the rainbow are yet to be cast, but more on that should surface soon since cameras are set to roll by the end of ’08.

Caliber Comic’s Dark OZ takes us to a totally different land of witches, munchkins and ruby slippers. Once familiar friends are possessed by evil, Ozma is at the Gnome King’s side and Dorothy is nowhere to be found. Frank L. Baum could have never imagined this!


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Since 1997, Michael Patrick Phalin has been a contributing writer to various websites including Dread Central, iMockery, Bloody Disgusting and KrytenSyxx. During the early 1980s, Phalin's love of the movie industry was fueled by the VHS tapes he found during his time spent at the video rental store his mother worked at. Rather than attending a daycare regularly, young Michael would form a tower of tapes with interesting cover art and go watch each one, the very first of these being the original 'A Nightmare on Elm Street.' From that point he was hooked on horror and the process behind creating special effects. In his twenties, Mike met Steve 'Uncle Creepy' Barton and was soon aiding the horror website Dread Central with film reviews. As the site grew in popularity, Phalin soon started writing news stories and conducting interviews on a daily basis. After a few years, he decided to take a break from writing to focus on other opportunities. After moving to a beach community with his wife Michelle, both were cast to appear in the final season of A&E's home improvement show 'Fix This Yard' in 2013. This event rekindled Mike's love of the entertainment industry. Between the time he spends being with his family, Michael continues to contribute to Dread Central both with writing and photography. In his mid-thirties, Phalin took up oil painting after being inspired by an episode of Bob Ross. Pieces of his artwork and photography can be found on his Tumblr and official website.