Oz: The Great and The Powerful

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.

 

 

 

A few weeks back Bruce Campbell broke a heart breaker via twitter, his part in Sam Rami‘s up coming OZ: The Great and Powerful had been cut. I know, I know I was annoyed too. Well, Matt from theshiznit.co.uk unbroke our nerd hearts when he talked to the man with chin himself.

“The scene that I shot was a page [of the script] and it took all day. It was great to see the scope of Oz and to see the detail, and the craftsmanship and the professionalism and the incredible stuff that they’re doing visually in every other way. I play a pivotal role. It involves me and Oz – that’s James Franco – and let’s just say that we have a confrontation. It was a very fun role to do actually.”

Sounds like a cameo to me, but that is where Bruce is a viking!

Oz: The Great and the Powerful hits screens March 8th, 2013, here’s what its about:

Walt Disney Pictures’ fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. 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.

Source: Comic Book Movie

This past August, Evil Dead and Burn Notice star, Bruce Campbell tweeted he would be in Sami Raimi‘s adaptaion of The Wizard of Oz. In his original tweet he said: “I. Am. In. Oz. Sam refuses to tell me what character I will portray. Just know that the role is pivotal.” Apparently, his cameo in OZ: The Great and The Powerful  wasn’t as pivitol as he thought, as it has been cut from the film.

You’d think the chin killa’  would be a bit hurt over the loss of his scene, but he’s a good sport about it. Here’s his latest tweet:

Guess being friends with Raimi, not to mention being a cameo in all 3 of his Spider-man movies means jack and shit. I’d expect this sort of thing to happen to Sam’s little brother Ted Raimi, but not Brucey.

Via: Comic Book Movie