Fancy this. After an article on Judy Garland’s Dorothy Gale ruby slippers in the Smithsonian some time ago I know come back around to writing about the latest development in works about L.
Frank Baum’s Land of Oz. In most recent years we’ve had a book that was turned into an awesome musical, and a big-budget prequel that seemed as good as any for establishing origins. But now something new is brewing on television as a brand new adaptation of Dorothy’s journey to and adventures in Oz will soon grace the small screen, but it’ll be nothing like any before.
Comic Book Resources reports that NBC has just revealed their first trailer for the series “Emerald City”, a mini running 10 episodes that’s described as an all-new reimagining of “The Wizard of Oz”, most especially the 1939 classic cinematic version with Judy. You know how it goes: Dorothy and her little dog gets swept off Kansas by a tornado that drops them into the magical land where she accidentally kills an evil witch, then gets sent on a journey along a yellow-brick road towards the titular Emerald City. But it’s here that the narrative undergoes a darker and edgier turn.
On the trailer itself we get some world-building lines of dialogue describing the altered setting. Magic is dying in Oz, we learn from two men in conversation; so much that there might as well not be any left. But the Dorothy we see in this adaptation seems to run into one magical weird thing after another. The lovable Scarecrow from the source and film is an amnesiac human tied up to a post in a field, and we get a tin man that looks like a steam-powered automaton. Then of course there’s the Wicked Witch of the West. Strangeness ensues.
“Emerald City” actually was conceptualized long ago, to be slotted in somewhere in the 2013-14 NBC programming season. Unfortunately the initial series development saw its original producers Matt Arnold and Josh Friedman having a falling-out with the network after a disagreement on the story direction. Apparently NBC has decided to give the series another whirl, this time with new show-runners David Schulner and Shaun Cassidy.
Initial blurbs on the series make it sound like “Game of Thrones” injected with steam-punk and magi-technology, as evidenced with its lead star Adria Arjona from “True Detective” as an older Dorothy Gale of 20 years, with her cute pooch Toto being buffed up as a K9 police dog. The Wizard is set to be portrayed by Vincent D’Onofrio, and the miniseries is scheduled for January 6, 2017.
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