The first trailer from Sam Raimi’s ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ was just shown a little while ago in the Disney Panel for SDCC. I like how they pay homage to the original Wizard of Oz movie by starting it in black and white. My only concern is with the amount of CGI. The world that was created in Disney and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland felt a bit cold to me. I’m concerned that the same thing could happen here.
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.