NBC Greenlights Jon Robin Baitz Miniseries "The Slap" and Oz-Themed Drama "Emerald City"
20 Jan 2014
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NBC has given the green light to "The Slap," an eight-episode miniseries adapted by Other Desert Cities playwright Jon Robin Baitz that is based on the 2011 Australian series of the same name, and an Oz-themed drama "Emerald City," according to Deadline.com.
The miniseries "The Slap," which is being produced by Universal Television and Australia's Matchbox Pictures (which produced the original), is adapted from the 2008 novel by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas and is described as a "complex family drama" that explodes when a man slaps another couple's misbehaving child.
Baitz and Matchbox's Tony Ayres will executive produce with Universal TV's Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald as well as Ted Gold.
NBC has also given a ten-episode order to "Emerald City," an Oz-themed drama from Matthew Arnold and supervised by Josh Friedman, who executive produce through Universal Television.
"Emerald City" is described as a modern and dark reimagining of the classic Oz tale in the vein of "Game Of Thrones" and will draw upon stories from L. Frank Baum's original 14 books. In the series, a 20-year-old Dorothy Gale is caught in the middle of an "epic and bloody battle" for the control of Oz.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.