With Oz The Great and Powerful it looks like Disney is hoping to echo the success of Tim Burton’s fantasy blockbuster Alice in Wonderland.
This time we have Director Sam Raimi who is known for 80s comedy-horror venture Evil Dead films. He also did the 1990 Darkman which starred Liam Neeson and the 1998 thriller A Simple Plan. He was also the director of the Spider-Man movies starring Tobey Maguire.
The film has an interesting cast, starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff. Oz The Great and Powerful also features Sam Raimi’s brother Ted Raimi as a tinker.
As you will see the film pays homage to the original Wizard of Oz, starting off in black and white (and 4 by 3) and changing into color (and widescreen).
Check out the two trailers to see what you make of this latest 3D extravaganza.
Oz The Great and Powerful Trailer 1
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Oz The Great and Powerful Trailer 2
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Oz The Great and Powerful official information
When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great and powerful Wizard—and just maybe into a better man as well.
Disney’s 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.
Cast includes James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff.
Directed by Sam Raimi with a screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire, based on L Frank Baum’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Produced by Joe Roth with Executive Producers Grant Curtis, Palak Patel, Philip Steuer and Josh Donen.
Oz The Great and Powerful Theatrical release
Australia: March 7, 2013
USA, Canada and UK: March 8, 2013