What is going on!?
As if it wasn't strange enough when both ABC and NBC decided to go head-to-head and release competing television shows based on the 1865 book 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,' now NBC is developing a series based on the 1900 book 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.'
And so is CBS.
And so is Syfy.
That's right, three new television series based in Frank L. Baum's century-old children's book are in development at the moment. The latest to be added to the growing pile is Matthew Arnold's 'Emerald City,' which was just purchased for distribution by NBC. Arnold is famous for creating and showrunning 'Siberia,' and 'Emerald City' is his highly-anticipated follow-up to that hit. Arnold will write and executive produce 'Emerald City,' which is described as a dark reimagining of the classic tale of Oz in the vein of 'Game of Thrones.' Frank L. Baum initially wrote fourteen books in the Oz series and Arnold intends to lift elements from each of them to create 'Emerald City.'
So: how about the other guys?
CBS is developing a medical drama called 'Dorothy' which will both be a modern-day hospital soap set in New York City... and an adaptation of 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.' Details as to just how both of these things can be true remain sketchy at the moment, so we're going to have to use our imaginations.
2011 brought us 'The Witches of Oz,' a mini-series on the Sci-Fi Channel. Now called Syfy, the network is dipping into Baum's inkwell once again, as they are developing an action-drama series called 'Warriors of Oz.' In 'Warriors of Oz,' a present day hero will travel to a futuristic version of Oz where he or she will team up with warriors: Brainless, Heartless, and Coward; three guesses who those characters are?
So with NBC and Syfy both aiming for gritty realism (from a children's tale, for some reason), CBS is taking a completely original (and perhaps nonsensical) approach by turning the Oz characters into modern-day surgeons.
Which, if any, of these three Oz adaptations interests you the most? Who's next? I'm considering pitching a 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' show to FOX or ABC where Dorothy has been raised by assassins from Munchkin Land...