NBC’s upcoming Emerald City already had my attention: put the ripe-for-a-revamp Wizard of Oz into the hands of Tarsem Singh, director of the most beautiful movie ever (that would be The Fall), and I’m 100% there. But Bleeding Cool just reported a bit of news that kicks my enthusiasm up several levels: writer Kelly Sue DeConnick has worked on episodes of the fall series!
DeConnick, for the uninitiated, is the co-creator and writer of Bitch Planet and Pretty Deadly, and the writer who relaunched Captain Marvel in 2012. With her husband, Matt Fraction, she runs a company called Milkfed Criminal Masterminds, and has been dropping occasional hints about television work in the Milkfed newsletter. This weekend, they launched a new website, Milkfed.us, with a panel at HeroesCon. During that panel, DeConnick made the Emerald City announcement, adding that she “got to write for Vincent D’Onofrio,” who plays the Wizard.
Emerald City has a tumultuous history—it’s on its second showrunner, David Schulner, whose track record as a producer is all over the place, from Kings to Dracula. And Singh is a divisive filmmaker, if one rightly known for his stunning visuals. Little is known about the rest of the creative team (though Shaun Cassidy is listed as Schulner’s co-executive producer/writer), but DeConnick’s involvement is incredibly promising. Smart, unabashedly feminist, funny and fierce, she writes character-driven stories across a variety of genres, and her comics often feature an ensemble cast of vibrant, diverse women. If she can bring that sensibility to Emerald City, it’ll be even better than this picture of Florence Kasumba as the Wicked Witch of the East looks.
Emerald City is expected to premiere on NBC in September.