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Wonderful Wizard Of Oz Remake Is In The Works

Wonderful Wizard Of Oz Remake Is In The Works

We're off the see the wizard again, because Judy Garland's 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz is set to get a brand new remake.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the revival is set to be directed by Nicole Kassell (The Woodsman, Watchmen, Westworld) and will 'be a fresh take on Baum children's novel and, unlike other adaptations, can draw on elements like the ruby slippers from the 1939 Oscar-winning film.'

Based on L. Frank Baum classic children's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the OG film follows Kansas girl Dorothy Gale who gets caught in a tornado and ends up in the magical land of Oz.

There she befriends the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow, all while dodging attacks from the Wicked Witch of the West who hopes to steal her magical ruby slippers.

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Nicole Kassell will direct the film's revival. Image: PA
Nicole Kassell will direct the film's revival. Image: PA

Kassell said in a statement regarding the project: "I am incredibly honoured to join Temple Hill and New Line in bringing this beloved classic to the screen. While the 1939 musical is part of my DNA, I am exhilarated and humbled by the responsibility of re-imagining such a legendary tale.

"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!" she said.

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Kassell first made her debut into the film world with 2004's The Huntsman, followed by 2011's A Little Bit of Heaven, starring Kate Hudson and Gael Garcia Bernal.

The Wizard of Oz, at the London Palladium in central London. Image: PA
The Wizard of Oz, at the London Palladium in central London. Image: PA
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The world-famous novel has been adapted countless times, including 1978's The Wiz, which starred Diana Ross as Dorothy and Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow in an all-Black cast.

More recently, there was Disney's 2013 Oz the Great and Powerful, along with several Broadway and West End musicals, including Wicked.

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The hugely popular 1939 film changed the novel's silver slippers to ruby to make use of the new Technicolour technology at the time.

It starred Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton, and Frank Morgan, and was by far the most well-known of all the novel's adaptations.

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