Supporting the belief that there are no new ideas in Hollywood, The CW is reportedly developing a drama project with “Heroes” creator Tim Kring based on “The Wizard of Oz,” making that the third Dorothy story in the works at a broadcast network.
Deadline reports that the netlet is in negotiations for “Dorothy Must Die,” based on the upcoming young adult novel of the same name from Danielle Paige. The story is a revisionist take on the classic story because Hollywood’s modus operandi these days is to take something we love and “re-envision” it as something we hate.
Set in present day, 80 years after Dorothy supposedly left the land of Oz and returned to Kansas, it’s revealed that the “magically-ever-youthful” Dorothy never left the Emerald City. She’s become the ruler of the now fascist fairyland with the help of her henchmen the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. Seriously.
The drama begins when another young woman from Kansas drops into war-torn Oz after being swept up in a tornado (Based on the scientifically proven fact that all tornadoes are portals to Oz, it seems.) Once there, she finds herself swept up in a revolution led by underground witches and enchanted beings, leading to her discovery that she is destined to lead the fight to liberate the city from the power-hungry Dorothy.
The source material will be released in April 2014, though a digital prequel novella, entitled “No Place Like Oz,” is available now.
“Dorothy Must Die” joins the previously announced projects “Emerald City” (at NBC) and “Dorothy” (at CBS). “Emerald City” is described as a dark remaining of the tales of the magical land. Proposed to incorporate all 14 books in L. Frank Baum‘s series, this one hopes to feel like “Game of Thrones.” “Dorothy” was sold as a medical soap inspired by the characters and themes from “The Wizard of Oz,” which shouldn’t be ridiculous and hokey at all.
And it’s not just the broadcast networks who are lost on the Yellow Brick Road. Syfy also has a miniseries in development that will serve as a fantasy-action remaining of the ever-popular story — the second in the network’s history after 2007’s stinker, “Tin Man.” “Warriors of Oz” comes from “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov.
Are you loving all the interest in “The Wizard of Oz” this development season — or do you think it’s bordering on overkill?