Kenya Barris is one of the busiest men in Hollywood, he has so many projects and deals, he just got another one that could be the biggest one he’s ever done. It has just been announced that “Black-ish” maker Kenya Barris is ready to write and direct an updated version of the 1939 classic, The Wizard Of Oz.
Deadline Exclusive Reports, famed Hollywood studio Warner Bros. officially confirmed that Kenya Barris has been tapped to write and direct a reimagining of an old fantasy classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” through his Khalabo Ink Society production company. Over the years, there have been several versions of the story, the most notable for the black community being the 1978 version of “The Wiz,” starring icons Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.
Details about the project, and the vision Kenya Press has for it, remain muted for now – however, it has been clarified that it will be a modernized version of the legendary musical. Things are just getting started on the project, with Kenya officially finalizing the deal earlier this month. Meanwhile, he has several upcoming films, such as his first feature film “You People” starring Eddie Murphy, Nia Long, Jonah Hill and Lauren London.
Then there’s the Emotion Project collaboration between Kenya and Kid Cudi, titled “Entergalatic,” which is said to be inspired by Cudi’s upcoming album of the same name which is described as a love story set in New York City against the backdrop of a mix of music, fashion, art, and adult animation.
Additionally, production is also currently active in Kenya Barris’ remake of the 1992 sports film “White Men Can’t Jump,” starring rapper Jack Harlow in his first feature film and former “Power” star Sinqua Walls.
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