NBC Buys ‘Wizard of Oz’ Drama Series

"Emerald City" comes from "Siberia" creator Matthew Arnold

Last Updated: July 16, 2014 @ 3:26 PM

NBC is going to "Emerald City."

The network has just sent into development a drama series from "Siberia" creator Matthew Arnold inspired by "The Wizard of Oz," a representative for Arnold told TheWrap.

We're told the dark series will draw from the 14 books by "The Wizard of Oz" novel writer Frank L. Baum. Arnold wrote and directed the pilot and it will be produced through Universal Television.

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Arnold created the NBC summer series, "Siberia," about reality show contestants uncovering dark secrets.

Clearly, "Wizard of Oz" projects are very popular now after James Franco's "Oz the Great and Powerful" earlier this year and the film's upcoming 75th anniversary.

In 2009, NBC had a modern take on "Wizard of Oz" in development from "Parenthood" creator Jason Katims. Nothing came of it.

Recently, NBC's sister cable network Syfy ordered a "Wizard of Oz-inspired" miniseries with an apocalyptic twist.

Arnold is represented by ICM Partners and Circle of Confusion. 

Note: A previous version of this article mistakenly referred to the project as a series pick up rather than a project in development.