Warner Bros. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Remake Will Feature LGBTQ Representation As Part Of “A Story That Reflects The World”

When it was announced that Blackish creator Kenya Barris was creating another reboot of the classic movie Wizard of Ozthe public was baffled, to say the least.

Source: The Wizard of Oz (1939), MGM

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After all, the original 1939 film adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz not only is it a Hollywood classic, but it still stands to this day.

So much so that, despite numerous adaptations of the story in the 80 or so years since its release, none of them have had as lasting an impact as the MGM film.

Source: The Wizard of Oz (1939), MGM

However, this reality hasn’t stopped Barris from seeking to update the cinematic classic for modern audiences, specifically the LGBT community.

Last week, Barris, who will write and direct the new project through her production studio Khaslabo Ink Society, told Variety that her take on Dorothy’s journey will give a whole new meaning to the phrase “Somewhere over the rainbow”.

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Barris told the outlet that his version, titled simply Wizard of Oz, It will feature representation from both LGBTQ and other communities in an effort to tell a story that addresses current issues.

“The original was an allegory and a reflection of what the world was like at the time with things like the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl,” the director said. “Now we’re going to turn a mirror to where we are right now and we’re going to take disparate characters from the LGBTQ community, from different cultural and socioeconomic communities, and tell a story that reflects the world.”

Source: The Wizard of Oz (1939), MGM

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“I think this is the best time to do it.” Barry said.

“I’m nervous,” he added. “Hopefully my film can last as long as the original. [Laughs] I hope my movie comes out.”

Source: The Wizard of Oz (1939), MGM

In recent years, Hollywood has given a big push to LGBTQ characters in film and television.

According to the 2022 GLAAD Annual Studio Responsibility Index, an annual report that rates the efforts of the eight major Hollywood studios to increase the amount of LGBTQ representation in their productions, the industry set a record in 2021 with 12% of all the characters that appear in the transmissions. , cable and broadcast television as a member of the community.

Source: The Wizard of Oz (1939), MGM

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This was a total increase of about 2.2% from 2018, when the organization publicly rebuked: “Networks and platforms must continue to prioritize long-overlooked LGBTQ storytelling, with a specific focus on the trans community, LGBTQ people of color, people living with HIV, and LGBTQ people with disabilities.”

That year, in response to what the organization deemed a “decline” in LGBT representation compared to previous years, GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis also called on major studios to include LGBTQ characters in the 50 % of their movies by 2024.

May 2, 2017; Tyler Oakley, Creator & Digital Entrepreneur, left, and Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD, on Center Stage during Collision 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Collision/Sportsfile

Following the passage in early March of the Florida Parents’ Rights in Education Act, which prohibits the teaching of sexuality and transgenderism to children between kindergarten and third grade, Ellis made it clear that Hollywood must be on the front lines in the fight for LGBTQ rights and representation.

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“[We will call on Hollywood] to take meaningful action and will soon bring together the biggest brands, agencies, studios and broadcasters with two goals: one, to commit to improving the quantity, quality and diversity of LGBTQ images, especially in children’s and family programming,” Ellis said in June. at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards in June. “And, two, speak out against anti-LGBTQ legislation in favor of rights like the Equality Act.”

Source: The Wizard of Oz (1939), MGM

At the time of this writing, there are no details on the cast or synopsis of Wizard of Oz.

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