Disney’s ‘Oz The Great And Powerful’ isn’t the only adaptation of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ coming together this year. According to Collider, Warner Horizon Television has picked up a futuristic, sci-fi take on L. Frank Baum’s classic tale called ‘Red Brick Road’. The series was created by photorealistic artist Rob Prior, who has worked on artwork for Marvel, DC, Images, ‘Dungeons & Dragons’, and more, and will be produced by Mark Wolper and Roy Lee of the upcoming ‘Bates Motel’ series on A&E and Prime Universe’s Adrian Askarieh.
‘Red Brick Road’ is described as a darker, edgier take on these beloved characters and falls into the same vein as ‘Game of Thrones’ because of the politics and violence incorporated into the show. Other details are scarce at the moment, but some concept art has been released along with the announcement of the acquisition. You can check out Prior’s portraits of the Tin Man and the Witch Assassin below:
After seeing those pictures, my first reaction was that the Tin Man looks a lot like Penance, the Marvel hero once known as Speedball who was blamed for the disaster in Stamford, Connecticut that kicked off the ‘Civil War’ storyline. Then, I remembered that there was an awesome sci-fi version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ already. Remember ‘Tin Man’ on SyFy starring Zoey Deschanel, Neal McDonough, Alan Cumming, and Richard Dreyfuss from 2007? That was a great miniseries. Now, these two shows will definitely differ in tone if ‘Red Brick Road’ is going for a ‘Game of Thrones’ feel, but ‘Tin Man’ has definitely explored the territory a bit already.
Besides not having any details about plot or the characters (though one could probably predict who will show up if you look up the original story), there’s no word yet on what network this will air on. When more information is released on ‘Red Brick Road’, we’ll be sure to share it with you.
In the mean time, what do you think of the idea behind the show? Are you excited for a new ‘Wizard of Oz’ adaptation? Does ‘Red Brick Road’ look and sound like something that you’d watch? Share your thoughts in the comments below!