NBC won’t be off to see the Wizard after all.
Deadline reports that, after ordering Emerald City straight to series in January, the network has scrapped plans for the reimagining of The Wizard of Oz due to “a difference in vision” with showrunner Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Locke & Key).
Created by Matthew Arnold, Emerald City was described as “a dramatic and modern reimagining of the tales that include lethal warriors, competing kingdoms, and the infamous wizard as we’ve never seen him before. A head-strong 20-year-old Dorothy Gale is unwittingly sent on an eye-opening journey that thrusts her into the center of an epic and bloody battle for the control of Oz.”
This might not be the end of the yellow brick road for the project, however: Deadline notes that producer Universal Television still likes the series, and might shop it to other networks.
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