L. Frank Baum‘s series of Oz novels have inspired numerous stage, television and film adaptations, though obviously none more famous than 1939’s classic movie The Wizard of Oz, which is currently celebrating its 80th anniversary. At one time, the thought of trying to tell more stories set in Oz following that film was considered, at best, dismissible, and, at worse, blasphemy (you should have seen the reaction to 1985’s live-action Return to Oz). But that doesn’t stop the creatives from doing their best to present the concept with a fresh approach. Now, Legendary Entertainment is getting into the game with a new television series set in the Land of Oz.
Writing and producing is Ed Ricourt, who had previously written the story and the screenplay for the film Now You See Me and has also worked on the television series Wayward Pines and Jessica Jones. Currently, he’s writer/producer on the Netflix show Raising Dion and is a part of the reboot of The Twilight Zone, which begins streaming April 1 on CBS All Access.
Variety describes the new series as follows: “[It] will examine stories and characters in Oz that haven’t been previously explored. When the return of a long-exiled Witch brings fear, division and war to Oz, the only hope is a servant girl who may become the most powerful and dangerous woman in the land.”
Color us intrigued.
As noted, there have been many versions of Oz, beginning in 1908 and continuing to this day — scroll down to check them all out!