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Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful"

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Having recently watched Return to Oz, I was reminded of what an underrated classic it is. It seemed quite serendipitous when I stumbled across the news of Sam Raimi's latest project. I am thrilled to hear that Sam Raimi is directing a new installment in the land of Oz.

Below is the film's synopsis:

Oz The Great and Powerful 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.

As if all of this wasn't sounding awesome enough; even greater news comes via a Bruce Campbell tweet...
"I. Am. In. Oz. Sam Raimi refuses to tell me what character I will portray. Just know that the role is PIVOTAL."- Bruce Campbell
... such news certainly softens the blow of the Evil Dead remake fiasco.

Oz: The Great and Powerful is due for release on March 8th, 2013. Colour me very excited.

On a somewhat related note, re-watching Return to Oz revealved where I had obtained the subconscious inspiration for everyone's favourite cock; Cockerel...

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  • My guess is that if it is a dark film, it won't have terrible success. All the parents in America will think it's "child safe" and then be angry after the fact. ;) Same thing that happened with Return to Oz.
  • Sounds great to me. Love me some Oz.

    Which reminds me, I keep meaning to re-read the books. If you've only seen the movies... man, you're missing out.
  • I like Return to Oz better than the Judy Garland film :eek: And yes, the books are pretty good
  • Ah...Return to Oz.

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    Such great memories.
  • The Wheelers. Were. DISTURBING.
  • DAISHI;532633 said:
    The Wheelers. Were. DISTURBING.
    Yep, as was Princess Mombi...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnIdI8iiK1M

    and The Gnome King...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4lhGXLzIYQ

    As much as it was such elements that caused the film to be a financial failure, they were and remain the aspects that make the film so fantastic. Screw the masses of the cinema going public, they've got sod all taste anyway. Let's not forget that John Carpenter's The Thing was also a commercial failure upon it's initial release because it was "too dark" when compared to E.T.
  • UG! I can honestly say that return to oz is my second least favorite movie (right after the wizard of oz) I've been a HUGE oz (books) fan for most of my life, but RtO is such a bad adaptation of books 2-3 that just thinking of it turns my stomach... they really messed up the plots to the point where they were unrecognizable...
  • dumpling321;532885 said:
    UG! I can honestly say that return to oz is my second least favorite movie (right after the wizard of oz) I've been a HUGE oz (books) fan for most of my life, but RtO is such a bad adaptation of books 2-3 that just thinking of it turns my stomach... they really messed up the plots to the point where they were unrecognizable...
    Hmm, books and film are two different mediums and should be evaluated as such.
  • dumpling321;532885 said:
    UG! I can honestly say that return to oz is my second least favorite movie (right after the wizard of oz) I've been a HUGE oz (books) fan for most of my life, but RtO is such a bad adaptation of books 2-3 that just thinking of it turns my stomach... they really messed up the plots to the point where they were unrecognizable...
    haterade!

    haha... i dont think Return To Oz was even pretending to be a proper adaptation of the books.

    There's a new Oz flick coming out that's animated... I think it's Return to Oz all over again.
  • Pony Bone;534772 said:
    haterade!

    haha... i dont think Return To Oz was even pretending to be a proper adaptation of the books.

    There's a new Oz flick coming out that's animated... I think it's Return to Oz all over again.
    you mean this? http://www.bleedingcool.com/2010/09/03/test-footage-from-john-boormans-animated-wizard-of-oz-stupid-invaders-trailer/ I heard that it was going to be a fairly faithful adaptation of the book, even including the characters backstories (which were left out of the MGM movie)
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