There have been many reimaginings of the iconic MGM movie The Wizard of Oz, and now it looks like we’re about to get another.
As Deadline revealed that Warner Bros have given Kenya Barris the tools to build a new yellow brick road for a new generation.
The Black-ish creator will be directing and writing the updated adaptation with his Khalabo Ink Society producing.
Barris is keeping his creative details closely guarded and while it’s a version of the 1939 film, I wouldn’t be surprised if it lent towards The Wiz. The stage musical retelling of classic L. Frank Baum’s children’s book that won a Tony in 1975 for Best Musical and got its own film adaptation in 1978 starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Richard Pryor.
Meanwhile, Barris is in post-production of his directing his first movie called, You People. He wrote a project with Jonah Hill, and the Oscar-nominated actor will star alongside Eddie Murphy, Nia Long, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and David Duchovny.
He’s also co-creating a TV event with Kid Cudi called Entergalatic, and a remake of the classic 90s sports comedy White Men Can’t Jump with musician Jack Harlow in the Woody Harrelson role.
Elsewhere, Barris is focusing on many feature projects, including writing and directing a movie on the comedic legend Pryor (who would be on the Mount Rushmore of comedians). An animated film using songs and music of Bob Marley and finally teaming with Pharrell Williams for a musical on Juneteenth.