So this is really happening! Oz: The Great And Powerful is a prequel to the 1939 classic The Wizard Of Oz and it’s going down in major ways. Starring James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz, the film will focus not on Dorothy, but on the wizard himself (played by Franco) and I cannot wait to see how this movie pans out. Deets and this amazing new poster inside.
Moviefone shared the poster yesterday with this tidbit:
The first poster for “Oz the Great and Powerful,” Sam Raimi’s “Wizard of Oz” origin story, has arrived. The initial picture imagines a fantastical far-away land, filled with rolling green pastures, shiny emeralds and one gigantic tornado.
The movie, which stars James Franco as the titular character, follows a small-time magician Oscar Diggs (Franco), who ends up being whisked away to the land of Oz. There, after encountering three witches — Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams) — he attempts to transform himself into a powerful wizard.
In addition to exploring the backstory of “The Wizard of Oz,” one that came to life in the 1939 film starring Judy Garland, director Sam Raimi plans on honoring the original movie with a few black-and-white sequences. As “Oz” actress Joey King revealed to TeenSpot earlier this year, “We’re doing the same thing as the first ‘Wizard of Oz,’ we’re making it black and white in the beginning and then [it gets] colorful when we enter the Land of Oz.”
How many people knew this was happening and didn’t tell me? I feel like I may have heard mention of it, but waved it off in disbelief. Now we know it’s real, and that the guy who brought us the previous Spider-Man trilogy is responsible for Oz: The Great And Powerful. Raimi was also an executive producer on Xena: Warrior Princess, so there’s that to be excited about.
Still, I can’t believe somebody is prepared to tackle the feat of a Wizard Of Oz prequel. I love that movie, but I know there are people out there who love it harder than me; how are all of YOU taking this news???