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Warner Bros. Putting Together A TV Series Where The Wizard of Oz Meets Game of Thrones

Warner Bros. are working on a new television show that could be pretty great if done well. It’s The Wizard of Oz meets Game of Thrones and it’s called Red Brick Road. Uh oh, sound ominous. 

There aren’t actually a lot of details at this point but here’s what we do know. “Warner Horizon is going beyond the yellow brick road, picking up fantasy Red Brick Road as a potential series,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Story details are being kept behind the curtain, but the concept is described as a continuation of the Wizard of Oz story but told in a Game of Thrones fashion, filled with politics, intrigue and violence.”

Fans of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books may already know the first story was continued in the film, Return to Oz in 1985. The story has been adapted countless times, however, most recently with Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful.

Red Brick Road is being created by concept artists Rob Prior and produced by Mark Wolper, Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh. (Wolper and Lee are currently working on the Psycho prequel Bates Motel)

No word on whether they’re aiming for a cable network in order to have Game of Thrones-level violence or if Dorothy Gale would be the main character but I dig the concept. What do you think?

(via The Hollywood Reporter, art via JB Casacop on DeviantArt)

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  • Suzanne Larsen

    as a total Oz junkie, I would totally watch that

  • Helen Grubb

    Return to Oz is my all time favorite movie ever. I’ve read every single Oz book and I am quite obsessed. This makes me super excited.

  • Anonymous

    I see potential in this idea, but I think you are wrong if you think it would go to cable for reasons of violence. Violence is perfectly fine with the evangelical media crusaders. Nothing about other people watching violence endangers their souls. On the other hand they must keep you from watching sex and nudity or hearing naughty words, lest they endanger their souls. Those are the reasons it would end up on cable, not extreme violence.

  • Craig Oxbrow

    This seems like two great tastes that won’t taste great together.

  • Matt Graham

    I’m actually kind of bummed. I’ve been working on an Oz meets Firefly script
    that has some potential, and this hits.

  • Anonymous

    Cannot wait to see the Tyrion-like Munchkin character…

  • Mary Anne Butler

    Isn’t this about the new “Mary Queen of Scots” series though? I’ve seen no mention of the title in the other press releases about it.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    No, different series. The Mary Queen of Scots one is called Reign and already has a network:

  • WonderScott

    I have zero problem with re-imagining beloved children’s literature into something with an adult sensibility. “Creative” versions neither dilute nor invalidate the faithful version (which I think is always wise to create first).

    Whether Maguire’s The Wicked Years, Wicked the musical, The Wiz, Oz Great and Powerful, Fables or Return to Oz I really enjoy seeing many takes on the mythology.

  • Anonymous

    You forgot “Tin Man” from Syfy.

  • WonderScott

    Actually, I didn’t. ;) I didn’t care for Tin Man so much, despite loving some of the actors.

  • Joyce

    Wasn’t there already a retelling of the Wizard of Oz on SciFi? Called Tin Man? I still think that version is an interesting retelling of Oz, why do we need another one?

    Plus of all, probably like how most Labyrinth sequels and prequels are now a days, Wizard of Oz will be RIPPED right out of the lead female protagonist’s hands and given to some male protagonist.

  • Sam Groves

    I just want it to be faithful at least to the ideas in Baum’s books. The thing that is really disappointing to me about this latest attempt at Oz in the theaters is it sounds as if it’s going to be another ‘man saves princess’ movie. There is a reason why pretty much anyone of any note in Oz was a woman in Baum’s books.

  • WonderScott

    It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out in OtGaP. The witches look powerful, but it’s a quest story with a dude as the proxy for the audience. I’m okay with it as it’s focused on the wizard. Wasn’t there a book about him?

    For a new show, I’m okay with them going off the established books and stories as it’s something new. It feels like they are taking a Maguire approach with the politics, action, seriousness, etc. to make it GoT-like, so I’d rather see their creativity since the tone will be different than the books.

    Although, now that I think about it, the MGM film was quite frightening when I was a kid. It has a Grimm approach to it. The flying monkeys and trees were spooky, let alone the witch. I like that eerie aspect to some interpretations of Oz.

  • Sam Groves

    Oz is a fairytale land ruled by two god like individuals – Ozma the fairy princess and ruler and her primary bouncer, Glinda the Good. Underneath Ozma and Glinda in the power structure the ‘holy trinity’, Oz’s version of Kirk, Spock, and Bones – Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man. Slightly lower on the totem pole is the ‘high priest’ – the Wizard of Oz, who is essentially Glinda’s apprentice (and pretty much useless up til the point in the books where he starts learning real magic from Glinda), and then after that come pretty much the rest of the menagerie of characters.

    Pretty much every story, outside of the first few where he’s setting the stage, follows the exact same formula:

    Random Joe (or Jane) has a problem and has to beseech Ozma or sometimes Glinda for aid or one of the two has found out about the problem on their own (Ozma has a magic mirror that shows her anyone wherever they are, Glinda has a magic book of records that records everything that happens everywhere, as it happens) and is sending help. On the way there, our protagonist for the day meets one of the holy trinity, who either aid him in solving his problem mostly by being the most awesome beings in existence (i.e. deus ex machina) or by getting him to the Emerald City for Ozma and Glinda to take care of it. The end.

    So I can understand not wanting to follow the books. Especially since by the end he’s imported almost all the characters from his other works to live in Oz.

    And I’m entirely happy with the idea of a Game of Thrones meets Oz mashup, as long as it doesn’t go the same route as Game of Thrones does with it’s treatment of women.

    Oz is one of the few ‘fairy tales’ out there where the women aren’t just objects to be rescued from a castle, where the women have as much (more) power than the men. Game of Thrones is a series where it’s possible to be a powerful woman, but if you aren’t, or if you are and you happen to let yourself be vulnerable at the wrong moment, you pretty much are treated as chattel.

    Heck, the second book of the Oz series is the story about how Ozma came to power. After Dorothy left, the Scarecrow was essentially left as the ruler of Oz, at the beginning of the book he’s overthrown by Jinjur (ginger…) and her army of girls, who were tired of doing all the chores and cooking and decide to make the men do the work. The Scarecrow and the Tin man have to run for their lives and get help from Glinda, while unknowingly traveling with the person who actually had the right to rule.

    I’d LOVE to see that ‘GoT’ed. Not that I have any expectations that they’d actually pull any of that from his books.

    It’s also why I’m really not looking forward to a movie where the ‘Great and Powerful’ Oz has to come and save poor little helpless Glinda from those nasty wicked witches. Regardless of whether it follows the books or not, it pretty much turns Oz into another ‘Prince Charming needs to save the Princess’-land.