Nicole Kassell will comply with up her Emmy-winning adaptation of “Watchmen” by revisiting one other beloved story. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she’s been tapped to helm New Line’s movie adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s novel “The Fantastic Wizard of Oz.”
Described as a “contemporary tackle [Baum’s] youngsters’s novel,” the pic will “draw on parts just like the ruby slippers from the 1939 Oscar-winning movie” starring Judy Garland.
“Whereas the 1939 musical is a part of my DNA, I’m exhilarated and humbled by the duty of re-imagining such a legendary story,” mentioned Kassell. “The chance to look at the unique themes —the search for braveness, love, knowledge, and residential — feels extra well timed and pressing than ever. These are profoundly iconic sneakers to fill, and I’m keen to bop alongside these heroes of my childhood as we pave a newly minted yellow brick street!”
Kassell just lately served as an exec producer and directed three episodes of HBO’s “Watchmen,” a critically acclaimed tackle Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ 1986 graphic novel of the identical title. She received an Emmy for Excellent Restricted Sequence and obtained a nod for Excellent Directing for a Restricted Sequence, Film, or Dramatic Particular for her work on the Regina King-starrer.
“Higher Name Saul,” The People,” and “The Killing” are amongst Kassell’s different TV directing credit. She made her characteristic directorial debut with 2004 Sundance pic “The Woodsman,” and adopted it up with 2011’s “A Little Little bit of Heaven.”
Kassell’s upcoming slate additionally consists of “Silver Seas,” the story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning crew of feminine journalists who uncovered abusive situations and slavery within the southeast Asian fishing business, and “The Child,” a darkish horror comedy sequence about motherhood.