NBC Revives its 'Wizard of Oz' Reboot 'Emerald City'

  • Thursday, 16 April 2015 00:00
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NBC is off to see the wizard—again. The Network has revived its previously cancelled fantasy drama project "Emerald City." This revival happens just a few weeks after the network ordered yet another OZ-Type project, a live version of the Broadway musical The Wiz.

David Schulner, who has had his hand in several NBC projects over the last several years (Dracula, Do No Harm, The Event, Kings), is attached to write, executive produce and serve as show runner on the ten-episode straight to series drama which was originally picked up straight to series in January 2014.

That previous version had Josh Friedman ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") attached to pen the script alongside Matt Arnold. The network opted not to move forward with the project after NBC and producers could not agree on a shared vision for the show.

The new take sees a twenty-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog transported to the fabled Land of Oz, a place 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.

This marks the first straight-to-series project to be revived in recent years, several other high profile ones such as FOX's "Hieroglyph" and ABC's "Members Only".

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. Then NBC dumped the idea in August without having so much as cast its lead role.

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