NBC is off to see the wizard—again.
The broadcaster is reviving its Wizard of Oz-themed drama series project Emerald City with a 10-episode straight to series order.
The series was originally conceived as a modern and dark reimagining of the classic L. Frank Baum Oz tale, only with a Game of Thrones-ian vibe from writers Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman. NBC ordered the show early last year, and even promoted the title at Comic-Con (using the teaser poster seen above). Then NBC dumped the idea in August without having so much as cast its lead role.
Now Emerald City is back—and just a few weeks after the network ordered yet another Wizard of Oz project, a live version of the Broadway musical The Wiz. Perhaps Emerald City is seen as a cross-promotional opportunity?
This time, Emerald City is being reworked by writer David Schulner, who has had his hand in several NBC projects over the last several years (Dracula, Do No Harm, The Event, Kings).
Here’s the logline for the project:
In the blink of a tornado’s eye, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog are transported to another world, one far removed from our own—a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before, where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long and a young girl becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands.