Watchmen's Nicole Kassell to Direct New Wizard of Oz Adaptation for New Line

Feb 09, 2021 19:01

EXCLUSIVE: #Watchmen director Nicole Kassell has been set to direct New Line’s feature adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved American children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
- Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) February 9, 2021

    • Nicole Kassell is set to direct a new adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for New Line Cinema. Kassell won an Emmy as executive producer of HBO's Watchmen and directed 3 episodes, including the pilot which earned her a DGA Award.

    • "This is a major priority project for the studio and a big star-making opportunity for Kassell [...] They liked what they saw in how Kassell acted as a meticulous world-builder in overseeing every step of the Watchmen production, setting the show's striking visual tone with no detail overlooked"

    • New Line is calling this an adaptation of the L. Frank Baum novel BUT Deadline also notes that the classic 1939 version starring Judy Garland is owned by New Line's parent company, Warner Bros, meaning iconic elements such as the ruby slippers would not be off limits for this project.


    my first post!! hope everything's in order! thoughts, ontd? almost sounds to me like new line wants to give this the lotr treatment, hopefully they don't even attempt to touch the judy garland version tho

    film - in development, watchmen