It would seem that the Wizard of F*ckery is abound in Hollywood.
Anyways, about a month ago, I posted about The Wizard of Oz being turned adapted into medical drama for CBS (which is now going to be called Dorothy). Now, not only does NBC have plans to adapt the famed story into some Game of Thrones-esque show called Emerald City, but Syfy is also starting their own show about it called Warriors of Oz. To top that off, The CW now wants in on The Wizard of Oz madness with their own show called Dorothy Must Die.
Recently, Deadline reported that Tim Kring (Heroes, Touch) has sold The CW a very odd, albeit interesting take on The Wizard of Oz, which will bring aboard Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster as producers. The new show has been named Dorothy Must Die.
In Kring’s take on the story, it apparently sees Dorothy returning to Kansas after 80-something odd years. However, in reality, Dorothy (who was somehow able to remain young as f*ck) stayed behind in Oz and is now ruling over “a now fascist fairyland with her perfectly manicured iron first” (Screen Crush).
Sticking with canon, Dorothy’s henchmen include the likes of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion (although, I’m not sure exactly what the Cowardly Lion will be doing as a villain. He was barely functional as a hero, but whatever.).
Anyways, the “balance” is disturbed when another young woman from Kanas is transported to Oz via tornado (is that the only way people can get to Oz? Avoid tornadoes at all costs, my friends.). This same girl stumbles upon an underground resistance group that includes witches and other enchanted beings. And so, she eventually learns that it is part of fate’s plan for her to lead the resistance and start a revolution that will rescue Oz from “a power-hungry Dorothy’s ruthless clutches”.
Not that we needed yet another adaption of the Wizard of Oz or anything, but I guess it’ll be cool to see Dorothy in a villainous light? After all, a good friend of mine was able to thoroughly convince that Glinda the “Good Witch” (Good Witch my ass) basically hired Dorothy and company to carry out a high-stakes hit on The Wicked Witch of the West, (so that she’d be the only powerful witch left in Oz and all). Which, in the end, makes sense.
You’re looking at The Wizard of Oz differently now, aren’t you?
Anyways, only time will tell if these various (and somewhat excessive) Wizard of Oz adaptions are actually worth it or if it’s another attempt by Hollywood to ride a current fad until it crashes miserably and terribly into the ground and destroys all parties involved.
I vote the latter, but that’s just me.
What do you guys think of the various Wizard of Oz projects in development? Do you think they’ll be any good? Let us know in the comments!
Sources: Screen Crush, Deadline
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- CW In Talks For ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Drama Produced By ‘Heroes’ Creator Tim Kring (deadline.com)
- The CW Eyes (Another) Wizard of Oz Drama (tvline.com)