‘The Wizard of Oz’ Returns to Movies with Creator Kenya Barris ‘Black-ish’

Los Angeles (USA), August 15. Warner Bros. is preparing to release a remake of the classic “The Wizard of Oz,” which will be directed by Kenya Barris, known as the creator of the “Black-ish” series.

According to an exclusive statement from the specialized portal Deadline, which was subsequently confirmed by the Hollywood press, Barris concluded an agreement last week for which he will also write the script for this film, which will reimagined the musical, immortalized in the history of the film with the famous. 1939 movie starring Judy Garland.

Currently, details of the adaptation are unknown, other than the fact that it will take as reference the allegorical book by Frank Baum, a novel that was published in 1900 and that led to numerous representations on the big screen, on television and in theaters. in all the world.

Hollywood studios have been trying to revamp the classic story for some time with projects that, in most cases, have ended up being overlooked.

In fact, Warner Bros. is also preparing another adaptation, under the direction of production unit New Line, where “Watchmen” producer Nicole Cassel will serve as director.

According to Variety, this project is still in progress and is being developed in parallel with the new project, since Barris will be based on the original story and Kassell’s will give a “fresh” twist to the story of the protagonist, Dorothy.

“The Wizard of Oz” is one of the world’s most prolific children’s books. More than five films have been released with its title, a handful of others inspired by its plot, plays — such as the musical directed by Andrew Lloyd Webber — and even video games.

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Although the most famous and influential adaptation is that directed by Victor Fleming for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1939.

As a pioneer in the use of Technicolor, the film received six Academy Award nominations, and over time has become a cult film that, according to the United States Library of Congress, is the most-watched movie in history.

Their copies are stored in the US National Register and in the UNESCO World Register.

Even the Hollywood Academy Museum in Los Angeles dedicates an entire room to celebrate the film’s musical influence. EFE

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