Wizard of woke: Director to revamp The Wizard of Oz with LGBT representation

Writer and director Kenya Barris is switching out The Wizard of Oz’s Dust Bowl community and opting for an LGBT theme in his adaptation of the classic film. 

“Now we’re going to turn a mirror on where we’re at right now and take disparate characters from the LGBTQ community, from different cultural communities and socioeconomic communities, and tell a story that reflects the world. I think this is the best time to do that,” he told Variety

Last month, Warner Bros. announced Barris as the adaptation’s writer and director. Barris’s Khalabo Ink Society is also producing the reimagined classic. 

“The original was an allegory and a reflection of the way the world was at the time with things like the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl,” he explained. Since the country’s position and issues have shifted, so has this story, according to the writer and director.

Of the ambitious remake, Barris claimed, “I’m nervous.” 

“Hopefully, my movie can last as long as the original does,” he said. “Hopefully my movie comes out.” 


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