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New Line announces ‘fresh take’ on ‘The Wizard of Oz’

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More than 80 years after it was released, the classic film “The Wizard of Oz” is getting a remake.

The new movie will be a “fresh take” on the acclaimed 1939 musical starring Judy Garland, according to the production studio behind the effort, New Line Cinema.

Nicole Kassell has been tapped to direct the film, Deadline first reported Tuesday.

The HBO “Watchmen” director said that while the original musical is “part of [her] DNA,” she’s thrilled “by the responsibility of re-imaging 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,” Kassell said of adapting L. Frank Baum’s children’s book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

“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!” Kassell added.

ITK hears that a release date hasn’t yet been determined for the film, which is currently in development.

— Updated at 10:49 a.m.

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