Exclusive: Guards Director Nicole Cassel is set to direct New Line, based on L. Frank Baum’s beloved American children’s novel. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Temple Hill partners Marty Bowen and Wake Godfrey produce with Mark Platt. Isaac Klausner will be the executive producer.
Kassell recently won a DGA Award for Series Drama and an Emmy Award as Executive Producer for the critically acclaimed HBO song. Guards Adaptation. Cassel was a visual engineer for the series, directing three of the nine limited episodes, including the pilot. This is a major priority project for the studio and a great opportunity to make stars for Castel.
Castell’s selection follows an extensive search for a director by New Line to find a visionary filmmaker to reimagine The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. They loved what they saw in how Kassell acted as a meticulous global builder overseeing every step Guards Production, setting the stunning visual tone for the show without missing out on any detail, weaving visual cues from the series’ comedy panels as delicate Easter eggs for the fans. Kassell also demonstrated the ability to adapt challenging materials, and breathe new life into DC’s venerated and hard-to-adapt novel.
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The project keeps Kassell at WarnerMedia, after Watchmen and eps from the HBO series WestworldAnd the leftoversAnd and Vinyl. Cassel also directed the pilot for TNT Claws Then he directs an HBO pilot Child. She also has a movie Silver Seas For participating media.
Kassell feature appeared Woodcutter, Which premiered in competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by Newmarket Films. It received a CACAE (Art House Award) at Fortnight for Directors at the Cannes Film Festival and other festival awards, and earned a Spirit Awards nomination for Best First Film.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Published in 1900, it inspired an additional thirteen of Oz’s books. Fixation of Hollywood – the book has always been in the public domain – has been the inspiration for numerous projects since the 1939 musical classic. The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland starring. This movie is in the Warner Bros library, which means that the remake of Baum’s children’s novel can rely on items like sapphire soles, something that competitive projects cannot do. Previous screenplay drafts were written by Darren Lemke, duo Neil Widner and Gavin James.
“I am incredibly honored to join Temple Hill and New Line in bringing this beloved classic to the screen,” said Cassel. “While the 1939 musical is part of my DNA, I am delighted and humbled by the responsibility to re-imagine such a mythical tale. The opportunity to study the original themes – the search for courage, love, wisdom, and homeland – seems more urgent in time than ever. These are very creative shoes to fill, and I yearn to dance alongside these heroes of my childhood as we pave a new path out of yellow bricks. “
Kassell is represented by WME and Management 360.