Few authors can lay claim to creating a cultural touchstone. L.Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz has been a childhood favourite for over a century, and NBC are now poised to bring us a retelling of the fable. Their venture down the yellow brick road is only the latest in a long line of adaptations and re-imaginings. Ranging from The Wiz, Oz the great and Powerful and Wicked to the iconic 1932 original. It’s also not the first story set in Oz to cast Dorothy’s quest in a darker light, with 1985’s Return to Oz introducing many a fresh-faced youngster to their first taste of existential terror. So what does NBC plan on bringing to the party?.
Vincent D’Onofrio is living by a slightly-adapted entertainment mantra made famous by Mel Brooks: it’s good to be the King(pin). Enjoying a run as the main villain on Marvel’s Daredevil series (which will be airing its second season on Netflix in early 2016), the guy who apparently is so good at being bad has now turned his attention to another nefarious character: the Wizard of Oz. D’onofrio has been cast as the mostly-scary ruler in the upcoming television series Emerald City, which will likely air on NBC sometime next year.
Really hope you’re not tiring of fantasy and fairy tales because judging by the new shows we’ll be seeing this fall, the networks sure haven’t. There’s already ABC’s Once Upon a Time and its upcoming spinoff, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. SyFy, no strangers to bringing their own spin to fairy tales, are developing a series based on L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz series called Warriors of Oz, CBS is adapting those same characters for their new medical drama, Dorothy, and now, NBC has ordered a new series from Siberia creator/showrunner Matthew Arnold called Emerald City.
Emerald City will draw from all 14 of Baum’s Oz books and will re-imagine the classic tales as something darker, and more akin to Game of Thrones (’cause everyone wants a piece of that pie). Will Dorothy be shacking up with lions, and tigers, and bears – oh my!? Seriously doubt that, this is NBC after all, but obviously the allure of having their own epic fantasy series is a strong one.
This fall it seems all of TV will be awash Oz’a green glow, what do you think of that? Is it a prime source from where we can get several good series, or are they over saturating the market?