Are you ready to join Dorthy in the magical land of Oz? New Line Cinema is remaking “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”
L. Frank Baum’s iconic novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was made in 1900. The book is a cult classic and has been reinterpreted by many. The most famous adaptation is the 1939 film starring Judy Garland. Nicole Kassell will direct the new film.
“While the 1939 musical is part of my DNA, I am exhilarated and humbled by the responsibility of re-imaging such a legendary tale,” Kassell said in a statement. “The opportunity to examine the original themes — the quest for courage, love, wisdom, and home — feels more timely and urgent than ever. These are profoundly iconic shoes to fill, and I am eager to dance alongside these heroes of my childhood as we pave a newly minted yellow brick road.”
Kassell is an executive producer for HBO’s “Watchman.” She directed feature films “The Woodsman” and “A Little Bit of Heaven.” Kassell will have the opportunity to use many cool props because Warner Bros. owns New Line Cinema and the 1939 film; some of the trademarked elements like the ruby slippers can be used in the new film.