You can banish the thoughts of jovial sing-songs and green-faced witches. This is Oz imagined like never before! Emerald City, The brand new fantasy-epic, directed by Tarsem Singh and produced by Universal Television, will be making its way to 5STAR in the New Year.
Emerald City is the story of 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona), who is swept up into the eye of a tornado and transported to another world – a mystical land in great peril, where an all-powerful Wizard has forbidden magic and rules over many kingdoms. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before – where lethal warriors roam, wicked witches plot in the shadows, and a young girl from Kansas becomes a headstrong heroine who holds the fate of their world in her hands.
Emerald City takes a fresh look at the legendary story of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz with a dramatic re-imagining of the classic story, bringing it up to date with spectacular costumes, high production values and detailed sets. Adria Arjona (Pacific Rim 2, True Detective) stars as Dorothy and Vincent D’Onofrio (The Magnificent Seven, Daredevil, Jurassic World) stars as the Wizard. They are joined by a large British cast including Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Raven), Stefani Martini (Tennison, Dr. Thorne), Jordan Loughran (The Evermoor Chronicles), Gerran Howell (Young Dracula) and Gina Bellman (Coupling, Blackeyes). Additional cast includes Isabel Lucas (Home & Away), Ana Ularu (The Borgias), Florence Kasumba (Dominion), Mido Hamada (American Sniper), amongst others.
Director Tarsem Singh brings powerful photography to the series, which was shot in Spain, Budapest and Croatia last summer. His artistic flair for directing is evident in everything from his Grammy®-winning music video for R.E.M, “Losing My Religion,” to the box office hit, Mirror Mirror.
Produced by Universal Television, Emerald City is based on the characters created by L. Frank Baum. David Schulner, Shaun Cassidy, Josh Friedman and Matthew Arnold serve as executive producers. The series is directed by Tarsem Singh Dhandwar, who also serves as executive producer. (Channel 5)
The 5STAR acquisition naturally boosts Emerald City‘s all-important reach/revenue in a key global market, in turn boosting its Season 2 survival chances.
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the renew/cancel status of Emerald City Season 2…