Yet another “Wizard Of Oz”-related TV drama series has been put in development, this one by the Lifetime channel.
Entitled “Red Brick Road,” it is described as the fantasy world of L. Frank Baum as seen with an edgy, “Game Of Thrones”-style adult fantasy feel.
Tim Schlattmann (“Dexter”) developed the idea with artist Rob Prior (“The Darkness II”), while film producers Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh will both serve as executive producers on the series.
The idea comes from the early scenes in the original 1939 film adaptation where Dorothy sets off for the Emerald City along the Yellow Brick Road.
At the start though, we see the start of the ‘path’ seems to consist of a swirl of two colored bricks – yellow and red.
The story follows Dorothy down the red brick path as it takes her to the oldest, darkest and most dangerous parts of Oz to find what became of her friends who all have gone missing.
The Wolper Organization, Vertigo Entertainment and Warner Horizon are producing the series which marks the fifth Oz-themed series sold to a network in the last few months.
Also on the way is NBC’s “Emerald City” which does a similar dark reimagining, CBS’ “Dorothy” which is an Oz-inspired medical soap, The CW’s “Dorothy Must Die” based on a young adult novel, and the Timur Bekmambetov-directed Syfy miniseries “Warriors Of Oz”.