Iconic Judy Garland film ‘The Wizard of Oz’ set to be remade by 'Black-ish' creator Kenya Barris
Exciting news for fans is that, the musical fantasy film ‘The Wizard of Oz’ which starred late legendary icon Judy Garland in the leading role is being remade by ‘Black-ish’ fame Kenya Barris.
According to a Deadline article dated August 15, it is true that a reimagined version of the cult fantasy drama film ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is in the planning and development stage now. The film is going to be given a modern-day spin by ‘Black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris. The pitch had been picked up by Warner Bros, who have officially revealed that Barris is onboard to write and helm the fantasy classic with his banner Khalabo Ink Society backing the movie.
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For those who don’t know, Barris is an American film and television writer, producer, director, and actor best known for creating the ABC hit series 'Black-ish'. Besides being a jack of all talents in his illustrious career, His writing credits include films like 'Girls Trip', 'Soul', and 'Coming 2 America'. In 2020, Barris made his acting debut in the critically acclaimed Netflix series '#BlackAF', which he created and conceptualized for the global streamer, co-starring with Rashida Jones and Iman Benson.
The original cult film 'Wizard of Oz', starring Judy Garland, is ranked as one of the most stellar movies of all time by critics and fans across the globe. It is true that the film has been a source of inspiration for many film and television adaptations, including the Broadway versions since its release.
This announcement of the film being remade with a new take has made ‘The Wizard of Oz’ one of the most highly awaited and discussed films. Fans are already eager and pumped up to know more exciting details related to the casting of the film alongside new plot details.
Currently, the makers have not really given out many details on what the new version of the plot could be, making global fans and viewers more curious than ever. All we have is a hint that it is going to be a modern-day adaptation of the iconic masterpiece film. The synopsis of the original film reads, “When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to earn his help.”