I’ve never been a big fan of the original Wizard of Oz. I never appreciated it’s wonder and imagination as much my parents did. I liked the overall concept, but the film always felt dated to me. Older movies just never seem to captivate viewers beyond their own generation. Know what I mean? Anyway, Sam Raimi‘s 2013 Wizard of Oz prequel Oz the Great and the Powerful looks to bridge that generation gap. It will introduce the world of Oz to a younger audience whilst catering to fans of the original. Much like way Wicked did on Broadway. The film stars James Franco as a circus magician who winds up in the magical world of yellow brick roads and munchkins only to find himself in the middle of a battle for the world between three witches played by Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams.
Here’s the teaser poster for Oz The Great and Powerful, scheduled for release March 8, 2013.
Making judgments solely based on this poster, I’m getting an Alice in Wonderland vibe from it. Which, for me, triggers distaste. I really do not want another CG, Tim Burton inspired, whimsical dreamland.
I should chill out. This is just a teaser poster. Judgements should be reserved until the trailer hits, right?
Here’s the official plot description:
When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis) Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.