Kenya Barris to Write Modern Reimagining of ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Is this the reboot you've been waiting for? Kenya Barris will be penning an all-new take on "The Wizard of Oz." The Emmy-winning writer and producer has received a directing gig from Warner Bros., which picked up his rights to adapt L Frank Baum's book about how we meet our favorite characters in childhood memories "The Wonderful Wizard of OZ." While there are still some secrets hidden under lock 'n key (literally!), one thing that is certain: This upcoming movie won't disappoint!

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The creator of "Black-ish" is also working on a reboot of the 1992 comedy "White Men Can't Jump," in which Jack Harlow makes his acting debut.

Barris is planning to use his Khalabo Ink Society banner to reimagine the "Wizard of Oz." Judy Garland stars as Dorothy in the classic 1939 film, which grossed $5.5 million at the box office according to Rotten Tomatoes.

"Oz" will be Barris' follow-up project to his film directorial debut, “You People." The comedy was written by Jonah Hill and an ensemble cast stars in it including Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lauren London, and more.

According to IMDb, “You People” is a film that looks at “a new couple and their families, who find themselves examining modern love and family dynamics amidst clashing cultures, societal expectations, and generational differences.”

According to Deadline, in addition to this project, Barris is also working with Kid Cudi on “Entergalatic”- an animated event for television that is inspired by the rapper’s album of the same name. This story will use a combination of music, fashion, art, and adult animation to portray modern Black love in New York.

Deadline also reported that Barris is developing a feature film about Richard Pryor and an animated movie inspired by Bob Marley's music. In addition, the site reported that he and Pharrell Williams are producing a big-screen musical about Juneteenth.

Nathan Odige