Nicole Kassell Will Direct a New Wizard of Oz Adaptation

New Line Cinema has found a director to tackle an all new big screen version of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

It’s time to once again follow the Yellow Brick Road as WB/New Line are moving forward with a new Wizard of Oz movie. To bring the new film to life, they’ve hired Nicole Kassell to direct it. She directed three episodes of HBO’s Watchmen series, and was pretty instrumental in the overall world-building that went into the show. As such, there’s some fun things she can bring to this.

The report comes from Deadline, where Kassell confirmed the news and her excitement:

“I am incredibly honored to join Temple Hill and New Line in bringing this beloved classic to the screen. 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.”

It’s easy to be so-so about this type of announcement, but I’m actually pretty excited. For one, this would tackle the actual Wizard of Oz story. Since it’s being done under Warner Bros. this time, they’re actually able to delve into that story and utilize crucial elements from the original film that other studios haven’t been able to (e.g. Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful).

No other details or release date have been given, but it’s apparently a “priority” project so expect things to move quickly.