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Sam Raimi's 'Oz The Great and Powerful ' To Mirror Classic 'Wizard of Oz'

Here’s a film to which many have stated is near sacrilege.  How do you extend the mythology as iconoclastic as The Wizard of Oz?  Well, you explore the story around Dorothy Gale and her travels that center on the actual Wizard, "Oscar Diggs" (James Franco).  Thanks to Joey King, who plays "China Girl" in the film, she revealed an interesting tid-bit about the structure in Sam Raimi’s Oz The Great and Powerful.

The film is a 3D prequel, “Raimi has been in production on the film for almost six months and we still have over year or so”.  Here’s what Joey King revealed in an interview with

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.  It’s also going to be a 3D movie; I’m so excited about that.  It’s going to add a whole new level to the awesomeness of Oz.

King went on to describe her role in the big-budget production:

I play Wheelchair Girl and China Girl. Wheelchair Girl is in Kansas and China Girl is my main character, she’s in most of the movie.  She’s really fun – she’s sassy.  She lost her family when the Wicked Witches came in. Now, Oz sort of becomes her adopted father.

That trailer cannot get here soon enough.  I’m growing very anxious to see what the sets and costumes look like and if the film lives up to my childhood memories when watching the classic Wizard of Oz.

In the meantime, here’s the official plot description of Oz The Great and Powerful:

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.

Oz The Great and Powerful is directed by Sam Raimi.  Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Joey King.  The film will be released 8 March 2013.


Reader Comments (1)

Okay. It sounds good, but I wish they would just try to adapt the books Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings style rather than constantly riffing off what the 30's musical did. Baum created a rich "American heartland" fantasy world as opposed to so many European birthed fantasy stories and worlds. Walter Murch came close with"Return to Oz" in '85 but with so many fantasy series having been adapted to screen in the last decade, the time is right for a genuine attempt at Baum's Oz series.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ.Bradley

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