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Kenya Barris To Remake ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Set In Inglewood + ‘The Wiz’ Trends

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Kenya Barris attends the Los Angeles Premiere of Netflix's "You People" at Regency Village Theatre on January 17, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robin L Marshall/WireImage)
Kenya Barris to remake The Wizard of Oz set in Inglewood

Dorothy From The Bottoms In Inglewood

Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris revealed his remake of the classic 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, which will see Dorothy living in the Bottoms, a huge apartment complex located in Inglewood, California.

The film and television writer and producer told Variety:

The original ‘Wizard of Oz’ took place during the Great Depression and it was about self-reliance and what people were going through.

I think this is the perfect time to switch the characters and talk about what someone imagines their life could be.

It’s ultimately a hero’s journey, someone thinks something’s better than where they’re at, and they go and realize that where they’re at is where they should be.

I want people to be proud and happy about where they’re from. But I want the world to take a look at it and I hope that will come through.

The-Wiz

Many have taken to their Twitter timelines to react to Kenya Barris’ remake of The Wizard of Oz saying we don’t need it because we already have The Wiz.

The classic 1978 Sidney Lumet-directed film, was a music adventure starring Diana Ross as “Dorothy,” Nipsey Russell as “The Tin Man,” Michael Jackson as “Scarecrow,” Ted Ross as “Lion,” Mabel King as “Evillene,” Lena Horne as “Glinda the Good,” and Richard Pryor as “The Wiz.” 

One person took to Twitter writing, “We already have The Wiz, nobody wants the Wizard of Oz’ish.” 

Someone else tweeted, “Can we really stop with the remakes? I’m over it now. Like we already have The Wiz. We don’t need a biracial Dorothy from Kenya Barris.”

Read a few more tweets below.

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