Kenya Barris is one of the busiest men in Hollywood with tons of projects and deals, and he just landed another that could potentially be the biggest project of all time. It has just been announced that “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris is set to write and direct an updated version of the 1939 classic, “The Wizard of Oz.”
@Deadline reports specifically, the popular Hollywood studio Warner Bros. officially confirmed That Kenya Barris has been tapped through his Khalabo Ink Society production company to write and direct the reimagining of the enduring fantasy classic, “The Wizard of Oz.” There have been several retellings of the story throughout the years, the most notable of which is the 1978 version for the Black community, “The Wiz,” starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.
Details about the project, and the vision Kenya Barris has for it, are being kept silent for now – however, it has been made clear that it will be a modern take on the legendary musical. Things are just getting started with the project, as Kenya officially closed the deal earlier this month. Meanwhile, he has several films coming up, such as his feature film directorial debut, “You People,” starring Eddie Murphy, Nia Long, Jonah Hill and Lauren London.
Then there’s the passion project collaboration between Kenya and Kid Cudi, titled ‘Antergalatic’, inspired by an upcoming Cudi album of the same name, described as a love story set in New York City against the backdrop of the combination. has been done. Music, fashion, art and adult animation.
Additionally, production is also active on a remake of Kenya Barris’ 1992 sports film “White Men Can’t Jump”, starring rapper Jack Harlow in his feature film debut and former “Power” star Synqua Walls.