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‘Heroes’ Creator Tim Kring in Talks With The CW For ‘Wizard of Oz’ Series

dorothy must dieTim Kring’s back in business with his fellow Heroes creators Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster, Deadline reports. The trio is in talks to develop a Wizard of Oz-inspired series called Dorothy Must Die for The CW, based on Danielle Paige’s upcoming novel of the same name.

Here’s how the website describes the story:

It is a revisionist take on the classic tale set in present day, 80 years after Dorothy Gale supposedly came home. In reality, the magically-ever-youthful Dorothy has stayed in Oz, presiding over a now fascist fairyland with her perfectly manicured iron fist and the help of her henchmen – the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. But when another young woman from Kansas is swept up in a tornado and magically dropped into this war-torn Oz, our hero discovers a revolutionary underground of witches and enchanted beings only to learn that she is destined to lead their people in the fight to reclaim Oz from a power-hungry Dorothy’s ruthless clutches.

The book will hit next April, though there is a prequel digital book out now called No Place Like Oz that’s available now. Kring’s overseeing the pilot which is currently being written by Armus and Foster.

For whatever reason, Oz is the hot source material this development season. CW’s Dorothy Must Die joins CBS’ medical drama Dorothy and NBC’s Game of Thrones-esque Emerald City (formerly Red Brick Road) as well as Timur Bekmambetov’s Warriors of Oz miniseries for Syfy.


  • Mark

    Wow. Sounds really ridiculously dumb. I’ll pass.

  • demoncat_4

    sounds interesting mostly the part where dorthy has gotten corrupt and rules oz . though given its by the guy who created heros the thing will proably wind up going off its rails by its second season.

  • Rob

    Lets take something amazing and innocent and beautiful like the Wizard of Oz and make it dark and gritty with teenagers who hate authority. Make sure there’s lots of eye rolling and sighing too. Unfortunately, I bet this will be really popular.

  • V

    I like how Wicked has basically influenced the Wicked Witch to be portrayed as a tragic, misunderstood noble figure and all her enemies power-hungry despots in modern retellings of Oz!

    The Game of Thrones-esque show sounds cooler though.