Posted on February 2, 2024

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and ‘Wizard of Oz’ to Get ‘Diverse’ Reboots for People Who ‘Hadn’t Felt Seen’

Andrew Chapados, The Blaze, January 22, 2024

A pair of Hollywood’s most iconic classic films will be undergoing “diverse” reboots at the hands of Hollywood writer Kenya Barris, who has planned to change main characters to a “person a color.”

Barris has written or directed many race-centric titles since 2020, including TV shows “#BlackAF” and “Black-ish” and films “You People” and the remake of “White Men Can’t Jump.”

Barris’ next ventures are reportedly a reimagining of two industry classics: “The Wizard of Oz” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

The Oz movie will utilize a completely different setting and take place in an apartment complex in Inglewood, California, called the Bottoms, where the new Dorothy will live.


The writer also told talk-show host Jimmy Fallon about his plans to purposely cast the move with “diverse” characters.

“I think that this is the best time to turn a mirror on society because we need to see ourselves, and I want to do it with diverse characters,” he said to Fallon. “The character lives in Inglewood, and someone comes up and she ends up in Underhood, which is right outside of Oz {snip}”


The director will also take on a reboot of the 1946 Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart. Barris explained that the movie’s plot is a perfect story to be portrayed by an actor who has “black or brown” skin.