New ‘Wizard of Oz’ inspired drama, ‘Emerald City’, joins three other shows headed to television this fall


emerald-city-nbcThe Wizard of Oz is a hot commodity right now: NBC just snapped up the rights to a new Wizard of Oz-based drama, Emerald City. The show was created by Siberia creator and showrunner Matthew Arnold.

Interestingly, NBC isn’t the only channel to give the green light to an Oz-inspired show. CBS recently put Dorothy, a “medical soap inspired by the characters and themes from The Wizard of Oz,” into production, and Syfy recently picked up a miniseries called Warriors of Oz, a “fantasy-action re-imagining of the classic story.” Both are expected to be a part of the 2013 – 2014 television season. Deadline is also reporting that a fourth Oz-inspired show is being pitched around by Heroes producers Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster, with involvement from show creator Tim Kring.

None of this is terribly surprising, considering this year marks the 75th anniversary of the original Wizard of Oz film, which was based off of the wildly successful 1900 novel of the same name.

Deadline, who broke the news, has a brief description of Emerald City‘s plot:

Emerald City, which Arnold is writing and executive producing through Universal Television, is described as a dark reimagining of the classic tale of Oz in the vein of Game Of Thrones, drawing upon stories from Baum’s original 14 books.

We’ll bring you more news as these shows head into development!

[via Deadline]


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