NBC Reverses Course, Plots Return To ‘Emerald City’ With David Schulner

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Close to a year after they initially cancelled the project, NBC has once again picked up Wizard Of Oz drama Emerald City with a ten episode straight-to-series order.

Originally picked up in January 2014, Emerald City was described as a modern reimagining of the novel series by Frank L. Baum and was to tell the story of a head-strong 20-year-old Dorothy Gale after she 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.

It was one of two series greenlights at the 2014 TCA Winter Press Tour as NBC was making something of an aggressive push into “limited event series”. While the other project, The Slap, did make it to air, NBC opted not to proceed with Emerald City after creative differences arose between the network and writer/showrunner/executive producer Josh Friedman.

This second stab at Emerald City is being shepherded by David Schulner, who replaces Josh Friedman as writer. executive producer and showrunner. Siberia‘s Matt Arnold will pen the scripts alongside David Schulner. NBC’s sister company Universal Television is once again set as the studio on the project.

The new take on Emerald City will follow 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog who are transported to another world, one far removed from our own — a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before, where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long and a young girl becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands.