Fourth 'Wizard of Oz' Drama Sold to The CW


Wizard of Oz


I can't even begin to explain it, but yet another drama based on 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,' a 1900 children's book by Frank L. Baum, has been sold to The CW. 

This project joins an adaptation based on 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' over at NBC. And the one at CBS. And the one at Syfy. 

The newest project--CW's project--is entitled 'Dorothy Must Die' and is based on the upcoming young adult novel of same title by Danielle Paige. Tim Kring, Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster, the trio who brought you 'Heroes,' are producing the project. Written by Armus and Foster with Kring supervising, The CWthe series is about the Land of Oz eighty years after Dorothy supposedly left... only in this version, she decided to stay. And while sticking around and waiting out the decades, Dorothy becomes a vicious, fascist despot. Dorothy Gale has remained youthful due to magic and rules the Land of Oz with an iron fist, along with her loyal henchmen the Tin Man, the Lion and the Scarecrow. But when another young woman from Kansas is swept up in a tornado and magically dropped into this war-torn Oz, our hero discovers a revolutionary underground of witches and enchanted beings only to learn that she is destined to lead their people in the fight to reclaim Oz from a power-hungry Dorothy’s ruthless clutches.

Matthew Arnold's 'Emerald City' was just purchased by NBC. 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 his series. 

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?

Four 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' properties sold to four networks over the span of two months. Which network will be next to click their heels together three times?

- CW

Written by: bad_subject
Sep 6th, 2013, 4:13 pm

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Message Posted On Sep 9th, 2013, 3:22 am
There is no "conspiracy" to torrent of Wizard of Oz adaptations: 1) Execs afraid to launch new IP (especially movies). Everyone want something with existing fan-base: book, video game, graphic novel etc. Same reason with obsession on sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots etc. Wizard of Oz is timeless classic for many decades, well known and loved by whole families (and first book most because of movie). 2) Literary rights to Wizard of Oz has recently expired (but not to the movie) and this IP is hot for grabs. 3) Apparently execs love to copy popular ideas. Most people imitate and don't create. That is a staple of fashion and trends. It's in the human nature. By the way, this "business idea" is not so bad. At least it can work as expected if implemented properly. That's difficult task for sure, but most business "breakthroughs" are just old ideas based on gut feelings disproved countless times. I guess some time in the distant future Harry Potter copyright will expire too and execs of the future will "discover" new business opportunity with Harry Potter as current with Wizard of Oz.

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Message Posted On Sep 7th, 2013, 9:28 pm

This happens often - remember the year of kidnapping series (Kidnapped, Vanished, etc), then the year of alien shows (Threshold, Invasion, Surface, etc)?  Every time someone has a good idea (debatable whether THIS should be considered a good idea yet, but I digress), all the networks copy them, splitting the audience and ensuring NONE of them succeed.  I expect the same will happen here, so unfortunately it is likely that everyone who enjoys one or more of these series will be disappointed by the cancellation of them all.  The only run of similar shows I can remember getting renewals are Grimm and Once Upon a Time a couple years back (and now another Once spinoff).......which actually further fractures the intended audience for these.......


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Message Posted On Sep 7th, 2013, 7:29 am

Seems a bit strange indeed with four different Oz-based shows hitting us at about the same time. Odd stuff indeed.


Message Posted On Sep 7th, 2013, 5:17 am
Once again, why on earth do we get these reimaginings yet no ones actualy adapted the other 13 or so books? Do them as intended. Either live action or animated (Ghibli would be lovely)...but as wonderfully imaginative inventive childrens tales. Base the designs on Scotty Youngs comic adaptions.

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Message Posted On Sep 6th, 2013, 4:34 pm

If you ask me, douse 'em each with a big bucket of water. Talking about trying to jump aboard the gravy train to Oz. These suits are shameless. Get an original idea for a change.

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