Official ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Poster Teases Sam Raimi’s Oz

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Sam Raimi returned to his over-the-top horror roots with Drag Me to Hell, following the collapse of Spider-Man 4, and Sony’s resultant decision to reboot the franchise with The Amazing Spider-Man. He’s back on big-budget territory with Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful: a prequel about how a young Wizard of Oz (James Franco) first found his way to that magical land somewhere over the rainbow.

The film has primarily been sold on the merits of its cast so far, with Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Mila Kunis playing a trifecta of Oz witches (Evanora, Glinda, and Theodora) whose lives are complicated by the arrival of the young “Wizard.” Today, though, we have the first official poster, as a teaser for Raimi’s vision of such iconic fantasy locales as the Yellow Brick Road and Emerald City.

Oz the Great and Powerful boasts the handiwork of art director Todd Cherniawsky (Sucker Punch) and two-time Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar); the two previously collaborated on Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland for the Mouse House. Stromberg was thereafter hired on to direct Disney’s Sleeping Beauty spinoff Maleficent, thanks to his combined efforts on both Alice and Oz.

That’s all to say: Raimi’s Wizard of Oz prequel is guaranteed to be a feast for the eyes, as suggested by the official one-sheet (followed by the official logline – or, you can check out the full plot synopsis):

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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.

Script duties on Oz the Great and Powerful were handled by Mitchell Kapner (The Whole Nine Yards, Romeo Must Die) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Robots, Rabbit Hole). That pair has found success working in a eclectic mix of sub-genres. Hence, it’ll be interesting to see how their interpretation of L. Frank Baum’s original Oz literature turns out, when coupled with Raimi’s storytelling sensibilities (which tend to be pretty loopy, in ways good and bad).

For interested moviegoers, Oz the Great and Powerful will be covered during Disney’s panel at the 2012 Comic-Con next week, on Thursday July 12th from 2:05-3:05 p.m. in Hall H. The event will also feature presentations for Burton’s Frankenweenie and the 3D animated flick Wreck-it Ralph. For those unable to attend Comic-Con: keep an eye on the Screen Rant main page for our coverage of the event.

Oz the Great and Powerful opens in U.S. theaters on March 8th, 2013.

Source: Walt Disney Pictures

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  1. I’m not a big fan of prequels, but I am interested to see what Raimi can do with this.

  2. Awesome poster, this has the potential to be one of the few prequels that lives up to its predecessor.

  3. I’m hesitant about this project, but thankful, at least, that it is not a reboot of the classic that most everyone remembers fondly from their childhood. I can’t imagine anyone but Judy Garland playing the role of Dorothy, and I can’t imagine another musical interpretation being better than the original. (It was attempted with The Wiz, but that just makes my point.)

    • Why a musical interpetation though? Why not just straight adaptation of the books?

      • I don’t see the word musical anywhere.

        • You misinterpreted. I indicated that I was thankful it was not going to be a reboot of the original classic. Thus, I am thankful that it is not going to be a musical…

          • …and I am thankful because the original classic is one of those rare films that I don’t believe could ever be done better. We saw, for instance, how bad Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was compared to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate factory, another classic. Some movies just can’t be outdone.

            • You do realise Willy Wonka took a lot of liberties and changed things while the Burton version actually followed the book and only added that stupid subplot about Willy and his dad, right?

            • Can it be done better as a musical? Probably not. However I’d be interested in seeing different take on the story by doing it in a different format. Would it be better – doesn’t matter since I don’t consider it an either/or contest and I’m capable of liking both for their own merits.

    • I agree, if anything they should just take the story straight from the book if they were to remake it (and it would actually become a much scarier movie).

      • Scarier version…Twisted Land of Oz anybody?

  4. The 16yr old movie nerd that still lives inside me loves, loves, loves Rami and can’t wait to see some real footage.
    But the adult who just watched James Franco get blown away by Andy Serkis as an Ape isn’t excited to see him on the big screen again. So again, seeing some footage will determine if I can get excited about this movie…

    • Maybe you should watch him in his oscar-nominated performance of 127 Hours then, because Andy Serkis wasn’t even nominated for on oscar in ROTPOTA.

      • Not trying to be argumentative I’m just not a Franco fan.
        I’ve seen 127 Hours and I admit he was great in that film and who knows, maybe he’ll be good in this also and I’ll eat my words. But at this moment I have to wait until we see some footage before I change my mind.

    • That movie was about the Apes, not Franco’s character.

  5. I’m interested in this

  6. Very much liking this, don’t think Raimi will let us down. Maybe we will get a Bruce Campbell cameo!

  7. This film better have flying monkeys!

    • fasho!!

  8. I think I just threw up in my mouth after reading this.

  9. Looking forward to this

  10. I’ll be interesting to see how this film does. I’ll wait for the trailer to make any sort of judgement

  11. “The Wizard of Hobbiton,” more like.

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