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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?

Source: Deadline via Geek Nation

At this past weekend’s Comic-Con fans eagerly awaited the debut footage of Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful and it did not disappoint. The fantastic opening, the transition from black and white to vibrant color, an ending that made you scratch your head, it all looked marvelous. Now Disney has released several images showing off the world of Oz designed by Robert Stromberg.

Having worked on James Cameron’s Avatar and the upcoming Maleficent, Stromberg knows how to bring a story’s visual components to life. And in these half dozen images Disney shows off exactly what their production designer can do. Sure, we’ve already seen much of this in the trailer, but it’s still pretty cool to see more of the colorful and intricate set pieces.

Oz: The Great and Powerful imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

Oz: The Great and Powerful opens in theaters everywhere March 8, 2013.

Source: /Film