The CW Network is in negotiations to pick up Dorothy Must Die. The project is based on an upcoming book by Danielle Paige, which is a revisionist take on L. Frank Baum's classic story The Wizard of Oz.
The plot takes place 80 years after Dorothy Gale supposedly returned home to Kansas. In reality, she ended up staying in Oz, ruling the land as a dictator along with her henchmen Scarecrow, Tin Man and The Cowardly Lion. The show's protagonist is another young woman from Kansas who is transported to Oz via tornado. She learns about an underground army of witches and joins their fight to reclaim Oz from this vengeful ruler. The novel will be published next April, but there is a digital prequel entitled No Place Like Oz that is available now.
Heroes executive producers Tim Kring, Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster are behind the project. Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster wrote the pilot script under Tim Kring's supervision.
Dorothy Must Die is the fourth project based on The Wizard of Oz to sell in just the past two months. NBC picked up Emerald City, a dark reimagining of the original novel that has been compared to Game of Thrones. CBS acquired the medical drama Dorothy that features The Wizard of Oz characters in a contemporary hospital setting. Syfy picked up Warriors from Oz from director Timur Bekmambetov, a fantasy-action rendition of the original classic.