“The Wizard of Oz” Remake is in the Works

Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, and Bert Lahr in "The Wizard of Oz"

There’s no place like home!

A The Wizard of Oz remake is in the works at New Line Cinema with Nicole Kassel (Watchmen) directing the adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Over the years, Baum’s book has been retold on the big and small screen many time with the most memorable one being the 1939 musical starring Judy Garland.

New Line promises this will be a “fresh take” on Dorothy and the Land of Oz and that it will “draw on other elements” from the film like the ruby red slippers.

“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!”, Kassel said.

Previous screenplay drafts were written by Darren Lemke, Neil Widener, and Gavin James. Mary Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, and Marc Platt will produce with Isaac Klausner executive producing.