TV's Latest Wizard of Oz Project, Heroes Team's Dorothy Must Die, Lands at The CW

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Dorothy Must DieTraffic report for the Yellow Brick Road: congested, and getting heavier.

The CW is in talks for a drama pilot based on The Wizard of Oz, the fourth project of its ilk in recent development.

RELATEDOnce Upon a Time Bosses: TV’s Other Wizard of Oz Projects Won’t Rush Our Own Plan for Dorothy

As our sister site Deadline reports, the latest reimagining of the classic tale comes from Heroes creator TIm Kring and EPs Adam Armus and Norma Kay Foster and is based on author Danielle Paige’s forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die.

In the young adult tale, the ruby-slippered one has become the fascist ruler of Oz and is threatened by the arrival of another Kansas teen who becomes the head of an underground resistance movement.

Among the other newly made friends of Dorothy: Syfy’s post-apocalyptic Warriors of Oz miniseries, CBS’ Dorothy medical drama and NBC’s darkly epic Emerald City.



Comments (40)

  • I only care about Warriors and City.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – September 6, 2013 04:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What is with all these Wizard of Oz adaptations?

    Neither the book nor the original movie was all that good.

    Comment by taran63 – September 6, 2013 04:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • …that’s an unpopular opinion you have there.

      Comment by Jamie – September 6, 2013 05:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • but it’s one I agree with. Never understood why it was THAT popular.

        Comment by Maryann – September 6, 2013 06:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Do you also hate puppies and kittens? I’ll get you, my pretty, and your poor taste in classic cinema, too! *cue cackle and flying monkeys*

          Comment by scooby – September 7, 2013 08:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I believe the original source material is now in the public domain, which is why it’s an adaptation free-for-all. The film, I think, is still copyrighted, so these new adaptations might not be able to use details unique to the 1939 picture, like the ruby slippers.

      Comment by Kate M. – September 6, 2013 08:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Would that be why on OUAT, Jefferson says he was unable to get the ruby slippers? An in-joke about copyright? If so, rather clever! I don’t know about all of these adaptations, though.They sound very different from the source material. I am glad that OUAT, at least, is holding off jumping in the deep end with these other projects. Wonderland is probably over-stepping as it is.

        As to WoZ haters, to each their own. But if not for the dream sequence, then how would Gary Larson have ended his “The Far Side” comic run? That was genius right there!

        Comment by ej – September 6, 2013 11:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I don’t think he actually said “ruby”

          Comment by Mikael – September 9, 2013 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • THANK YOU. I don’t get what’s so great about the movie. I first saw it when I was like 7, thought it was just okay, by age 9 I would always say no to watching it, and then a few years ago when I finally DID I said it was probably the most overrated movie of all time. It’s just…lame. And the dream aspect…even lamer. It might be considered a classic but that doesn’t make it good.

      Comment by Cory – September 6, 2013 08:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The character studies alone make the 1939 film worth watching. Haven’t we all met and interacted with the types portrayed by the lion, scarecrow, tin man, Miss Gulch etc? And we’ve figured out ways to play to their strengths and help compensate for their particular shortcomings. it’s a brilliant film for grade school kids to learn from, and even for older ones with poor social skills. JMO

        Comment by JCK – September 7, 2013 07:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • return to oz is really really good, tick tock and jack pumpkinhead was cool

      Comment by jake – September 7, 2013 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This and the NBC one sound interesting, CBS one sounds stupid, while Syfy is TBD

    Comment by Nick – September 6, 2013 04:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree, out of all this adaptations, I’m most hopeful about NBC’s and this one. Syfy’s could be good as well, but I don’t like the fact that the main character is male. CBS just sounds idiotic, plus it’s CBS, so it’ll probably be a boring procedural

      Comment by MDS – September 7, 2013 12:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m getting deja-vu of all the Alice in Wonderland and Snow White projects of 2-5 years ago.

    Comment by Justin – September 6, 2013 04:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds kind of interesting.

    I believe that’s Nora Kay Foster, not Norma. Liked some of her work with Adam Armus on Xena.

    Comment by Mary – September 6, 2013 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why don’t they make one based on Gregory Maguire’s series why they are at it?

    Comment by Steph – September 6, 2013 05:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They’ve been talking about it for ages, it feels like. They need to hurry up and get it moving before Lea Michele (my personal dream Elphie) looks too old/gets too busy for the part.

      Comment by Thea – September 6, 2013 08:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You’re not the only one who thinks Lea Michele would make a good Elphaba trust me on that one (and its not just because she and Idina Menzel look almost identical)

        Comment by Jake – September 6, 2013 09:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, hopefully the teen is a female cause feminists would have a fit.

    Comment by Pumpkinbabies – September 6, 2013 05:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She’ll be a female but don’t worry. Per the CW way(save for Nikita) she’ll be entirely reliant on a man.

      Comment by Josh – September 6, 2013 07:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, those whiny feminists, irrationally mad because a book series with badass, mostly female heroines keeps getting remade with male protagonists.

      Comment by rarefied – September 7, 2013 12:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • These networks need to stop oversaturating the market with the same ideas. We don’t need four different wizard of Oz shows at once. They need to observe how one of them does, and if there is an audience for it, then another network should try and take a stab at it.

    Comment by Clayton – September 6, 2013 05:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And this is the first of all the Oz inspired series that sound interesting! And the CW has really won me over with their mature handling of Beauty and the Beast, Arrow and Carrie Diaries so I’m pretty much sold. Hope its awesome. Love a narrative about power hungry women.

    Comment by liz – September 6, 2013 06:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Arrow, yes. The others? Not so much!

      Comment by katrina – September 6, 2013 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • lol of them all i think Beauty and the Beast is the best (much to my surprise lol).

        Comment by liz – September 6, 2013 08:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well hopefully it will be at least somewhat watchable with competent actors unlike BatB.

      Comment by Cory – September 6, 2013 08:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll have to see the trailers because those early synopsis always sound cheesy to me

    Comment by marie – September 6, 2013 06:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kring needs to go back into Witness Protection….we still haven’t forgiven him for ruining Heroes.

    Comment by Shaun – September 6, 2013 07:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Don’t you mean Witless protection?

      Comment by JCK – September 7, 2013 07:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Another Tim Kring flop? The guy still can’t catch a break and he’s one of the worst writers/showrunners in the history of TV. For Mr. Kring, man is running out of ideas.

    Comment by Jack Bauer 2.0 – September 6, 2013 07:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tim Kring? Count me out.

    Comment by Ray – September 6, 2013 07:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A story where Dorothy is the VILLAIN???? Oh hell no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by alistaircrane – September 6, 2013 07:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just what I want…Dorothy as a facist. Surrender childhood, surrender!

    And as always, the CW outsources from a book. If they ever have a season of all original ideas, I might faint.

    Comment by Josh – September 6, 2013 07:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’re really going to pick on somebody adapting a book when discussing it in the context of the legacy of a movie that was adapted from a book? Like, really?

      Comment by darcywils – September 7, 2013 07:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You lost me at ‘Tim Kring’.

    Comment by jo – September 6, 2013 10:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reblogged this on Miscellaneous Ramblings From An Old Curmudgeon .

    Comment by doc1952hudson – September 7, 2013 07:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • oh come on! this is just getting silly now, 2 shows with a similar concept is to be expected, 3 is showing a distinct lack of originality, 4 is the number where it doesnt matter how good they are i just want them all to fail and go away.

    Comment by Alan – September 7, 2013 11:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If the medial drama one is as based on Wizard of Oz and “House” was based on Sherlock Holmes (where is isn’t completely obvious) it’ll be worth a watch… This is a lot of Oz thought….

    Comment by Jackie H. – September 7, 2013 12:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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    Comment by b6 – November 8, 2013 07:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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