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NBC releases trailer for gritty Wizard of Oz reboot Emerald City

12.01.2016

More gritty reboots! Yay! This one comes in the form of an epic TV series EMERALD CITY, based on L. Frank Baum's popular WIZARD OF OZ novel (though I imagine the show will also take cues from other, lesser known books in the Baum's OZ saga as well). Honestly, it's mostly surprising it's taken this long to make a gritty reboot about Oz more than anything. You'd think this is one of those no-brainer ideas (see what I did there? I'll see myself out...)

Anyway, here's the trailer:

Hmm. I'm not sure I like what I saw (it really reminds me of when Todd McFarlane did those Oz redesign toys back in the '90s), but I can't deny it at least looked epic. Especially for a TV budget. I suppose my main issue isn't so much the grittiness (I mean, I want those McFarlane toys) as much as it is the genericness: big armies, whispered tones, cutting back on fantasy elements to make it inconsistently more "real" (like how Scarecrow is no longer just a sentient scarecrow with no brain, he's now just a dude with amnesia who's covered in straw at one point. Ugh.)

But your mileage may vary. So what do you guys think? You wanna go down this yellow brick road? Sound off below!

EMERALD CITY will premiere on NBC January 6th, 2016.

Extra Tidbit: There was actually another OZ TV series that was a sort of "gritty reboot" of the story, with SyFy's 2007 TIN MAN starring Zooey Deschanel.
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3:00PM on 12/05/2016

Tarsem Singh

Watching this trailer doesnt tell much but knowing this is done by Tarsem Singh at least interests me. I will be watching this.
Watching this trailer doesnt tell much but knowing this is done by Tarsem Singh at least interests me. I will be watching this.
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10:12AM on 12/02/2016

Drop a house on these producers

The producers of this should follow the scarecrow's lead and start looking for A BRAIN!
The producers of this should follow the scarecrow's lead and start looking for A BRAIN!
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12:13AM on 12/02/2016

The definition of "Meh".....

I saw some stuff I liked and a lot I didn't. Not sure this will be worth watching, but there were some moments. . . .
I saw some stuff I liked and a lot I didn't. Not sure this will be worth watching, but there were some moments. . . .
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9:56PM on 12/01/2016
Least it has Vincent D'Onofrio in it as the Wizard.
Least it has Vincent D'Onofrio in it as the Wizard.
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9:06PM on 12/01/2016
Return to oz, which i saw in theatres and own on bluray, was a perfect example of adapting the stories for a serious fantasy crowd. That movie was really weird and kinda scary at times and it's a great. Make the sequel to that.
Ps I also love the original movie, its great for family viewing and has some amazing visuals too.
Return to oz, which i saw in theatres and own on bluray, was a perfect example of adapting the stories for a serious fantasy crowd. That movie was really weird and kinda scary at times and it's a great. Make the sequel to that.
Ps I also love the original movie, its great for family viewing and has some amazing visuals too.
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6:11PM on 12/01/2016
My god that was lame...
My god that was lame...
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5:11PM on 12/01/2016
Oh man this looks fun. I enjoy a new twist to old tales. That's what makes these type of shows/movies great. To those old people or fanboys that are upset because their favorite movies as a kid are being "ruined", get over it you pansies! My god, you idiots cry like little girls because you can't handle change.
Oh man this looks fun. I enjoy a new twist to old tales. That's what makes these type of shows/movies great. To those old people or fanboys that are upset because their favorite movies as a kid are being "ruined", get over it you pansies! My god, you idiots cry like little girls because you can't handle change.
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6:42PM on 12/01/2016
Not a single person on this site said anything about their favorite movie being "ruined". Most people are just saying "wow, this looks like an obvious rip-off of Game of Thrones". The only person crying or freaking out is you.
Not a single person on this site said anything about their favorite movie being "ruined". Most people are just saying "wow, this looks like an obvious rip-off of Game of Thrones". The only person crying or freaking out is you.
4:23PM on 12/01/2016
here's some ideas. how about we take bugs bunny..and make it GRITTY. then we could do the facts of life.. and make it GRITTY. or maybe. we could take family matters and make Urkel..GRITTY.
The answer to every reboot, remake and new idea isnt to take what was done and make it gritty. Arent there any original ideas left out there?
here's some ideas. how about we take bugs bunny..and make it GRITTY. then we could do the facts of life.. and make it GRITTY. or maybe. we could take family matters and make Urkel..GRITTY.
The answer to every reboot, remake and new idea isnt to take what was done and make it gritty. Arent there any original ideas left out there?
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3:52AM on 12/02/2016
Regarding Bugs Bunny it was already done and the show was called Loonatics: Unleashed (horrible & pointless IMO) and for Steve Urkel, there was that one time he became a voodoo doll, or possesed or something and was known as Stevil (ugh, IKR?) but for Facts of Life i'm not sure but if it hasn't been done, it soon will.
Regarding Bugs Bunny it was already done and the show was called Loonatics: Unleashed (horrible & pointless IMO) and for Steve Urkel, there was that one time he became a voodoo doll, or possesed or something and was known as Stevil (ugh, IKR?) but for Facts of Life i'm not sure but if it hasn't been done, it soon will.
4:23PM on 12/01/2016
In regards to the Extra Tidbit at the end of the article, it's worth pointing out that TIN MAN also starred Daniel Craig as The Tin Man in that miniseries.

This show looks like a lot of "whatever", kind of like Once Upon A Time. I don't mind the updated and grittier version of everything. I think it makes for a cool take on the subject material that stands in stark contrast to all other iterations we've gotten before (which more or less seem to mimic the Audrey Hepburn version). My only
In regards to the Extra Tidbit at the end of the article, it's worth pointing out that TIN MAN also starred Daniel Craig as The Tin Man in that miniseries.

This show looks like a lot of "whatever", kind of like Once Upon A Time. I don't mind the updated and grittier version of everything. I think it makes for a cool take on the subject material that stands in stark contrast to all other iterations we've gotten before (which more or less seem to mimic the Audrey Hepburn version). My only gripe with it is I wish they'd do more with Tin Man and the Lion (based on the trailer), they should be just as featured as Scarecrow and the Lion should have a budget behind it. I want to see some crazy half man/half lion guy walking around, it looks like the Lion is just a guy wearing a lion skin hat.
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6:48PM on 12/01/2016
It's also worth noting that Daniel Craig was not in that mini series like at all....never played the tin man in that syfy series. Sorry your wrong
It's also worth noting that Daniel Craig was not in that mini series like at all....never played the tin man in that syfy series. Sorry your wrong
6:49PM on 12/01/2016
It's also worth noting that Daniel Craig was not in that mini series like at all....never played the tin man in that syfy series. Sorry your wrong
It's also worth noting that Daniel Craig was not in that mini series like at all....never played the tin man in that syfy series. Sorry your wrong
3:52PM on 12/01/2016
"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die." It doesn't look like this one will win. Rip-offs of popular shows or movies are certainly nothing new. But a rip-off and reboot? That's a whole different ballgame.
"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die." It doesn't look like this one will win. Rip-offs of popular shows or movies are certainly nothing new. But a rip-off and reboot? That's a whole different ballgame.
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3:30PM on 12/01/2016
Are TV execs born or are they just bred in a lab? This looks like it was made by people who never had any childhood.
Are TV execs born or are they just bred in a lab? This looks like it was made by people who never had any childhood.
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3:11PM on 12/01/2016

Uhh Return To Oz anyone?

Anyone who's actually read the series should realize you don't NEED to make a "gritty" reboot. The novels are more than fucked up enough if you just do them accurately. But I guess hangups over depicting child endangerment means they'll always age up Alice to an adult in this bullshit.

"Gotta sex it up!" /RickBermanVoice
Anyone who's actually read the series should realize you don't NEED to make a "gritty" reboot. The novels are more than fucked up enough if you just do them accurately. But I guess hangups over depicting child endangerment means they'll always age up Alice to an adult in this bullshit.

"Gotta sex it up!" /RickBermanVoice
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3:25PM on 12/01/2016
This, exactly. The novels are a combination of fucked-up and goofy, so when folks try to make them 'gritty' it just comes off as ridiculous. Return to Oz was an example of what you get if you adapt the books pretty much as-is -- they definitely don't need sexing-up. And they definitely don't need Braveheart Munchkins or Jesus Scarecrows.
This, exactly. The novels are a combination of fucked-up and goofy, so when folks try to make them 'gritty' it just comes off as ridiculous. Return to Oz was an example of what you get if you adapt the books pretty much as-is -- they definitely don't need sexing-up. And they definitely don't need Braveheart Munchkins or Jesus Scarecrows.
3:03PM on 12/01/2016
Was Return to Oz considered a gritty reboot, or just something that scared me as a child for no reason?
Was Return to Oz considered a gritty reboot, or just something that scared me as a child for no reason?
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2:50PM on 12/01/2016
This looks like someone said "Hey, can we take public domain Oz books and make them look as much like Game of Thrones as possible?"
This looks like someone said "Hey, can we take public domain Oz books and make them look as much like Game of Thrones as possible?"
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2:47PM on 12/01/2016
Didn't Syfy do this a while back? Sort of a gritty sci-fi fantasy version with Zooey Deschanel?
Didn't Syfy do this a while back? Sort of a gritty sci-fi fantasy version with Zooey Deschanel?
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2:59PM on 12/01/2016
Yeah it was called Tin Man, with Neal McDonough as the titular character, who as I recall was some sort of sheriff.

It wasnt great.
Yeah it was called Tin Man, with Neal McDonough as the titular character, who as I recall was some sort of sheriff.

It wasnt great.
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