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 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?