New Line promises that the movie can "draw on other elements" from Garland’s "Wizard of Oz" like the iconic ruby red slippers.
Yearning to take a walk down the yellow brick road? Well, now you can. The Wizard of Oz is officially being remade by New Line Cinema. Nicole Kassell, who will be directing the movie, says it's an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Although the fantastical story has been retold several times over the years — with the classic 1939 musical starring Judy Garland being the most notable one to date — on the small and big screen, New Line promises that their upcoming film will be a "fresh take" on Dorothy and the Land of Oz. They added that the movie can "draw on other elements" from Garland’s Wizard of Oz, for instance, the iconic ruby red slippers.
The new film will include iconic elements from the Judy Garland movie, but fans doubt the classic can be improved upon. https://t.co/HtumOXKD68— HuffPost (@HuffPost) February 10, 2021
"I am incredibly honored to join Temple Hill and New Line in bringing this beloved classic to the screen," shared Kassell according to TODAY. "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!"
The film will be produced by Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey under the Temple Hill banner. Meanwhile, Isaac Klausner is set to executive produce it. Darren Lemke and the Neil Widener and Gavin James duo have written previous screenplay drafts according to reports. Everyone has high hopes for Kassell as he recently won a DGA award and an Emmy for HBO's Watchmen. He is regarded as a visual architect of the highly acclaimed series, for which he executive produced and directed several episodes. Like New Line, fans of the Oz are eager to see how Kassell reimagines the classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
I'd be up for it if it was a dark fantasy version kinda like the game 'Alice'.— The Sound of Eyelids (@Eyelidsounds) February 10, 2021
This is not the only nostalgic film that the audience is looking forward to. We previously reported that a remake of Home Alone is on its way. Disney CEO Bob Iger said the company would be "reimagining" the 1990s Christmas classic film for its streaming service Disney+, during a con-call with the investors. At the time, Disney did not reveal anything else about the production, like how or when the film will be remade, or who will be cast. "We are also focused on leveraging Fox's vast library of great titles to further enrich the content mix on our... platforms," he said.
Months later, Archie Yates, Ellie Kemper, and Rob Delaney were announced to be the stars in the upcoming reboot. According to Variety, Yates will not be playing the iconic character of Kevin, who is left alone to fend himself from burglars while his family was en route to Paris for the holidays. A new character has been created for him that will be somewhat similar to the original franchise. Yates recently made his mark following his breakout role in the Golden Globe-nominated Jojo Rabbit. It would be interesting to see him work in the upcoming Home Alone movie.
The original movie was released in 1990 starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister and has an 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.5 rating on IMDb. It was a major hit and grossed $476.7 million worldwide which eventually led to a sequel in 1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. It, too, became a huge success. The production of the latest Home Alone film began in Canada according to Deadline. However, it had to be halted due to the coronavirus outbreak in March 2020.