”The Wizard of Oz” Sequel Concludes Filming

Posted: September 3, 2012 in Movie News

In the background is a familiar sight to all Wizard of Oz fans.

MICHIGAN, August 30—–After 70 years, the renowned Wizard of Oz classic will finally merit a sequel. Well, more like a prequel. Oz: The Great and Powerful, however, will not have a young girl and her dog who are no longer in Kansas, a scarecrow lacking upstairs, a heartless metal man, or a lion with bravery issues. Instead, it will focus on Oscar Diggs, or more well known as the Wizard of Oz, and how he rose to his stately position.

Plot (No spoilers)

Wikipedia.com: When Oscar Diggs (played by James Franco—the Spider-Man trilogy), 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 the witches Theodora, Evanora, and Glinda who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz, 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.

Directed by Sam Raimi, whose work includes the Spider-Man trilogy, this film will be similar to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland CGI display. (What is CGI?) If you have not seen Burton’s film, just know that it was about 90% computer generated. The effect is a fantastical look that almost has the appearance of a painting. This effect done on this film will give it that same not-of-this-world, fantasy setting.

In two stills from each film (Alice in Wonderland, top; Oz, bottom) the same 100% CGI look is used.

My only concern is that the film makers not create another John Carter—-a CGI spectacle focused on special effects instead of story. However, I have a slight premonition that Oz will soar above it. With a good lead actor guiding the way and a director well-versed in telling an epic story, plus the Disney Company helming this production, I have relatively high hopes.

Oz: The Great and Powerful will arrive March 8, 2013. (View this film’s trailer)












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