Tarsem Singh to Take an Extended Trip to the ‘Emerald City’

Tarsem Singh

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Film directors have been known to take a little sojourn to the land of television every now and then. But Tarsem Singh is looking to book a longer than average stay at NBC.

The Self/Less director has been tapped to direct all ten episodes of the upcoming Wizard of Oz re-imagining, Emerald City.

The news came via executive producer David Schulner’s Twitter account:

You heard it here first. Tarsem will direct all 10 epsiodes of #EmeraldCity on @nbc.

Singh’s unique visual style should work well here. You wouldn’t know it from Self/Less, but his other works like The Cell, Mirror Mirror and The Fall are all visually stunning. This darker toned retelling of Frank L. Baum’s work is right in Singh’s wheelhouse.

NBC’s official description makes the show sound…interesting:

In the blink of a tornado’s eye, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog are transported to another world, one far removed from our own — a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before, where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long and a young girl becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands.

I’m willing to give this a shot for at least an episode or two. Worst case scenario, it should be beautiful to look at.