Jessica Jones Screenwriter to Pen TV Series Based on Wizard of Oz Books

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A new spin on L. Frank Baum's Land of Oz is headed to the small screen by way of Ed Ricourt, who previously served as a writer on Netflix's Marvel series Jessica Jones.

According to Variety, the as-yet untitled show is being developed by Legendary Entertainment and promises to focus on characters and stories from the Oz books that haven't been adapted before. This story will focus on a servant girl who may be Oz's only hope when a feared Witch returns from exile, bringing division and war with her.

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While The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the best known book in the Oz series — and was adapted into a beloved film — L. Frank Baum wrote 14 novels that take place in the Land of Oz. Given how rich the material is, the Oz books have served as fodder for many movies and TV series over the years. Most recently, NBC broadcast a 10-episode series titled Emerald City, a gritty, modern take on the Oz stories that was canceled after a single season.

Of the new series, Ricourt said, "I’m thrilled to partner with Legendary TV and dj2 to adapt my take on Baum’s rich, complex OZ book series which has influenced me creatively since childhood."

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Ricourt co-wrote the film Now You See Me. He was also a writer on Jessica Jones as well as a consulting producer for the series. In addition, he serves as a writer and producer of the upcoming Netflix show Raising Dion.

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