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NBC Developing a Dark Reimagining of Oz with Emerald CityWith its 75th anniversary approaching, The Wizard of Oz is hotter than ever! There are four TV adaptations in the works, including this latest one that was just announced from NBC and “Siberia” creator/showrunner Matthew Arnold, entitled “Emerald City.”

“Emerald City” joins a field of Oz-themed projects that include CBS’s “Dorothy,” a medical soap; an untitled drama making the rounds from “Heroes” alums Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster with Tim Kring supervising; and Syfy’s “Warriors of Oz,” a fantasy-action mini-series set in a post-apocalyptic future Oz exec produced and possibly directed by Timur Bekmambetov.

And that doesn’t even include the upcoming 3D re-release of the classic 1939 feature film starring Judy Garland!

But back to “Emerald City,” which Arnold is writing and executive producing through Universal Television. Per Deadline, it’s described as a dark reimagining of the classic tale in the vein of “Game of Thrones,” drawing upon stories from author Frank Baum’s original 14 books. Following the success of the 1900 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Baum wrote 13 sequel novels so there’s plenty of material. Here’s just a small sample:

In The Marvelous Land of Oz a little boy, Tip, escapes from his evil guardian, the witch Mombi, with the help of a walking wooden figure with a jack-o’-lantern head named Jack Pumpkinhead (brought to life with the magic Powder of Life Tip stole from Mombi), as well as a living Sawhorse (created from the same powder).

In The Road to Oz Dorothy meets the Shaggy Man, and while trying to find the road to Butterfield, they get lost on an enchanted road. As they travel, they meet the rainbow’s daughter, Polychrome, and a little boy, Button-Bright. They have all sorts of strange adventures on the way to Oz.

In The Patchwork Girl of Oz a Munchkin boy named Ojo must find a cure to free his Uncle Nunkie from a magical spell that has turned him into a statue. With the help of Scraps, an anthropomorphic patchwork doll, Ojo journeys through Oz to save his uncle.

In The Tin Woodman of Oz the Tin Woodman, whose real name is Nick Chopper, is unexpectedly reunited with the Munchkin Girl he had courted before he became a tin man. Sadly, she has a new love and no longer cares for him. As he attempts to regain her affection, Nick discovers a fellow tin man, Captain Fyter, as well as a Frankenstein monster-like creature, Chopfyt, made from their combined parts by the tinsmith, Ku-Klip.

Depending on how “dark” the series really does go, look for more soon.

NBC Developing a Dark Reimagining of Oz with Emerald City

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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – First Trailer and Artwork!

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As a fan of flicks like Mad Monster Party, I was surprisingly pleased with the last two Hotel Transylvania affairs. For my money you can put the classic monsters in just about anything, and I’ll watch it happily, and these animated features feel like a natural progression of the 1967 Rankin and Bass classic. Which is why I’m looking forward to Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and if you are too, check out the film’s new trailer and poster.

Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, who co-wrote the film with Michael McCullers, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, and Mel Brooks.

Look for it in theaters on July 13, 2018.

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In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans.

But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.

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New Beyond Skyline Poster Invades the Internet

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The unlikely sequel to Skyline, the 2010 alien film that starred Eric Balfour and Donald Faison, entitled Beyond Skyline (review), is well on its way. To help it along over the finish line we have the third official poster for it.

The film stars Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy, The Purge: Election Day), Bojana Novakovic (Drag Me to Hell, Devil), Jonny Weston (Under the Bed, Project Almanac), Iko Uwais (The Raid), Callan Mulvey, Antonio Fargas, Pamelyn Chee, Yayan Ruhian (The Raid), Jacob Vargas, Valentine Payen, Betty Gabriel, Jack Chausse, and Kevin O’Donnell. It was directed by Liam O’Donnell.

Grillo plays a tough-as-nails detective who embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his son from a nightmarish alien warship.

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Universal Acquires Riley Sager’s Final Girls for Film Adaptation

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The “final girl” has long been a staple of the horror film genre, and lately there have been several films with just about that very same title focusing on her and/or them. Well, guess what… there’s another one coming as Deadline is reporting that Universal Pictures has won a bidding battle to option rights for Final Girls, the bestselling novel from Riley Sager that hit shelves this past July.

The movie adaptation will be produced by Anonymous Content’s Nicole Clemens along with Sugar23’s Ashley Zalta and Michael Sugar as that stand-alone company continues to ramp up.

Sager’s book centers on Quincy Carpenter, who 10 years ago as a college student went on vacation to Pine Cottage with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie-scale massacre. In an instant, the press dubbed her a “Final Girl,” coined for the group of similar survivors.

We’ll have more for you on this as it comes.

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