The Wizard of Oz was released in theaters in 1939, which is almost 80 years ago and starring the beautiful Judy Garland who was playing as a young girl who got stuck and got transported to a fantasy world., and now it’s time someone in Hollywood chooses to make it again. According to Variety, this is happening now, and the new remake is in the works! How awesome is this, one of the beloved classic movies gets a remake, and Sadie Sink is within the favorite actresses to Play Dorothy.
The studio is now owned by Warner Bros so they can take full advantage of the elements from the classic movie which includes the ruby slippers. Not much is known about this project as of now it is still early for rumors to report about who might don the ruby red slippers—or be a tin man, fur, or straw— but what we do know is who will be directing those characters down the yellow brick road: and that is Nicole Kassell, who directed the episodes of Watchmen, The Americans, and The Leftovers.
He said in a statement about the movie:
“While 1939 musical is part of my DNA, I am exhilarated and humbled by the responsibility of re-imagining such a legendary tale,” Kassell said in a statement. “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 important thing to notice is that the most popular version of The Wizard of Oz is, was a remake itself of the L. Frank Baum’s original novel was adapted many times before 1939 during the silent movie era. A 1910 film, which is directed by Otis Turner and it is the only earlier version that still exists.
Kassell’s dedication to adapting Baum’s iconic story in a way that pays tribute to Victor Fleming’s film and better makeup in the new movie and more excitement. The aluminum powder which was used on Buddy Ebsen’s Tin Man makeup prevented his airways to work properly and he was admitted to the hospital, and Wicked Witch of the West which was played by Margaret Hamilton got severe burns when her green makeup which was copper-based caught on fire during a movie shoot. And I am hoping that the studio will bring the Cowardly Lion back to life with the help of digital fur technology which was used in 2019’s Cats.
The Wizard of Oz fans is excited to hear the news and anticipating more news from the upcoming movie, with anyone who thinks that reboots in Hollywood getting out of hand. That said, this is not the first time the Oz is getting remade in 1978 The Wiz was released and it was based on a Broadway musical; and then it was Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful which was released back in 2013 starring some big names in the movie including James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams. The movie received some mixed reviews from critics but it was a smashing box office hit.
Gregory Maguire did the Wicked Witch’s backstory in a hit book series, after that we got another Broadway musical, and it was called Wicked.