A remake The Wizard of Oz it’s happening. New Line’s upcoming film adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has found its director in Watchmen director Nicole Kassell. The film is based on the original 1900 novel by L. Frank Baum, which has inspired many multi-media adaptations since then, including the famous 1939 musical with Judy Garland. For the new film, the producers want to see a creative reinvention of the classic story and ultimately hire Kassell based on his award-winning work on Watchmen.
“I am incredibly honored to join Temple Hill and New Line in bringing this beloved classic to the screen.” Nicole kassell it said in a statement. While the 1939 musical is part of my DNA, I am exhilarated and humbled by the responsibility of reimagining such a legendary story. The opportunity to examine the original themes, the search for courage, love, wisdom and home, is feels more timely. and urgent than ever. These are deeply iconic shoes to fill, and I’m looking forward to dancing alongside these heroes from my childhood as we pave a newly minted yellow brick road. “
The original novel by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz follows a young farmer named Dorothy and her dog Toto as they are swept away by a cyclone in Kansas and transported to the magical Land of Oz. Hoping to find her way home with the help of the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy enlists the help of her new friends: a Cowardly Lion, a Tin Woodman, and a Scarecrow. A hugely successful book, the story brought in 13 additional novels that serve as sequels to the original title.
Why The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is in the public domain, anyone is free to adapt the classic story in any way they see fit. The 1939 film is perhaps the best known of all the adaptations, although it is just the tip of the iceberg as to how many there actually are. In fact, a film adaptation of the Wizard of OzThe Wicked-inspired play is also in the works. Needless to say, it will be difficult for any filmmaker to put an interesting new spin on a classic story that has been told so many times, but given what we’ve seen of Kassell, Oz seems to be in good hands.
With Watchmen, Kassell has also directed episodes of HBO shows Westworld, The remainsY Vinyl. For directing the Watchmen episode “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice” won the Directors Guild of America Award for Dramatic Series. As an executive producer on the series, she also won an Emmy. It was also his work on Watchmen In particular, that impressed New Line by overseeing every step of the award-winning and critically acclaimed production.
Temple Hill partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will produce with Marc Platt, and Isaac Klausner will executive produce The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. A release date has not yet been set and plans for when production will begin have not been revealed. This news comes to us from Deadline.
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