NBC has changed its mind about an earlier decision to pull the plug on its latest “Wizard of Oz” project. Writing on EW.com, James Hibberd reports that the network will go ahead with “Emerald City,” placing a 10-episode straight-to-series order for the “Oz” update.
“The series was originally conceived as a modern and dark reimagining of the classic L. Frank Baum ‘Oz’ tale, only with a ‘Game of Thrones’-ian vibe from writers Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman,” Hibberd writes. “NBC ordered the show early last year, and even promoted the title at Comic-Con … . Then NBC dumped the idea in August without having so much as cast its lead role.”
The project’s resurrection comes on the heels of NBC’s recent order for a live production of “The Wiz,” another “Wizard of Oz”-related effort.
Writer David Schulner will reportedly now handle the “Emerald City” update.