In "the trade" - i.e., the movie biz as covered by Variety - "Oz" is not over the rainbow but Down Under. Australia. Which makes Sydney the Emerald City, where there is not one wizard but a host of them, who are the Deal-Makers. Colin, a critically-praised but commercially under-successful screenwriter, and his wife Kate, an Editor, feel a change of venue is called for, from Melbourne (i.e., The Sticks) to Sydney, the Emerald City, the major leagues. There, Colin joins forces with an aggressive, fast-talking aspiring screenwriter named Mike, who has no discernible talent for writing but who is a genius at the Art of the Deal. Mike parlays his tenuous connection with Colin into a series of cinematic projects which culminate in his becoming a global tycoon, a pinnacle from which he can put many different projects into "development", such as Kate's pet project, a serious aboriginal novel, which Mike plans to transplant to Tennessee as a vehicle for Eddie Murphy. Eventually, Colin and Kate must make a moral decision: is the Emerald City a sane place to be: or do they want to go back to Kansas?
Original title: Emerald City
Genre: Drama and Plays