LOS ANGELES (US) – Hollywood is all set to take another trip down the yellow brick road with a remake of classic movie “The Wizard of Oz.”
New Line Cinema, a unit of AT&T Inc’s Warner Bros studio, said on Tuesday it was developing a fresh take on the story of Dorothy and her visit to the Land of Oz, one of the most celebrated films of all time, that was detailed in L. Frank Baum’s children’s book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” which was published in 1900.
HBO’s Emmy-winning “Watchmen” series director Nicole Kassell, will helm the new movie, said the studio.
“The opportunity to examine the original themes – the quest for courage, love, wisdom and home – feels more timely and urgent than ever,” Kassell said in a statement. “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!”
The original 1939 film starring Judy Garland featured the song “Over the Rainbow,” which won an Academy Award for best original song. The film lost the best picture trophy that year to “Gone with the Wind.” The studio announced that the new movie will not be a musical.