Wizard of Oz remake in the works

Are we off to see the wizard, the Fantastic Wizard of Oz — once more?

New Line Cinema is making a brand new adaptation of The Fantastic Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum youngsters’s novel, with Nicole Kassell, the visible architect of Watchmen, set to direct. Baum’s 1900 novel, now in the public area, has spawned many diversifications over the years — most famously, of course, the 1939 MGM musical by Victor Fleming and starring Judy Garland.

Kassell’s model is not going to be a musical. New Line mentioned will probably be a “recent take” and a “reimagining” of The Fantastic Wizard of Oz. It should have some benefits, too, since Warner Bros. owns New Line and the 1939 movie. Meaning it might probably use some trademarked components like the ruby slippers.

“Whereas the 1939 musical is a component of my DNA, I’m exhilarated and humbled by the accountability of re-imagining such a legendary story,” mentioned Nicole Kassell in an announcement. “The chance to look at the authentic themes — the quest for braveness, love, knowledge and residential — feels extra well timed and pressing than ever. These are profoundly iconic footwear to fill, and I’m keen to bop alongside these heroes of my childhood as we pave a newly minted yellow brick highway!”

Kassell is an government producer of HBO’s Watchmen and directed three of its 9 episodes, together with the pilot. She has labored primarily in tv however directed the characteristic movies The Woodsman and A Little Bit of Heaven.

The newest Wizard of Oz movie got here from the Walt Disney Co.’s Oz the Nice and Highly effective in 2013. Directed by Sam Raimi and starring James Franco, it was set 20 years earlier than the occasions of the 1939 basic.

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