The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to be helmed by Watchmen’s Nicole Kassell
New Line Cinema’s adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has found its director in Emmy winner Nicole Kassell, known for directing episodes of Watchmen, Westworld, The Killing, and much more (via Deadline).
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“I’m incredibly honored to become listed on Temple Hill and New Line in bringing this beloved classic to the screen,” Kassell said. “While 1939 musical is section of my DNA, I’m humbled and exhilarated by the duty of re-imagining this type of legendary tale. The opportunity to look at the initial themes-the search for courage, love, wisdom and home- feels more timely and urgent than ever before. They are iconic shoes to fill profoundly, and I’m wanting to dance alongside these heroes of my childhood once we pave a newly minted yellow brick road.”
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The beloved children’s book was published in 1900. The story inspired 13 additional Oz books and was famously adapted in 1939 with the Judy Garland-led, Oscar-winning classic musical feature The Wizard of Oz.
Previous screenplay drafts were reportedly compiled by Darren Lemke and the duo Neil Gavin and Widener James.
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Temple Hill partners Marty Wyck and Bowen Godfrey will produce alongside Marc Platt. Isaac Klausner shall serve as executive producer.
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