The last time I talked about The Wizard of Oz, I wasn’t very kind. I had said that while I always appreciated the concept of Oz, the original 1939 film was far too dated for me to enjoy. Technicolor, songs from the 40’s, and theater acting in film just doesn’t sway me. Simple as that. Naturally, a fan of NB told me I had no imagination and absolutely no concept of film or culture. Maybe this is true. I will tell you, though, I like Oz enough that I’m excited for Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful. It’s a modern interpretation. I like modern. The looks and sounds of film today are far more captivating than the films of yesteryear (obviously). If Raimi can marry modern film technology with the charm and wonder of Oz, I think we’ll be in store for a great film!
While the first real bits of footage will likely be unveiled this week during Comic-Con, Entertainment Tonight stopped by the set of Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, and if you can tolerate sitting through the annoying ET host, you’ll see some first-look behind-the-scenes footage featuring leads James Franco and Mila Kunis.
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.