Oz The Great and Powerful doesn't tell the story of Frank Baum's Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but the backstory. Unlike Wicked, with focused on one of the Witches, Sam Raimi's new film fills out the story of the huckster who became the most powerful man hidden behind the curtains of Oz.
The story clearly involves a number of iconic elements however – there's Kansas, there's the Emerald City, there's the tornado and there's the Wizard's hot air balloon.
I look forward to seeing David Lindsay Abaire and Sam Raimi's remix of Ozconography a great deal. Some footage is expected at Comic Con next week, and a trailer is likely to surface online before too long also.
Here's all of the official blurb.
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.
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.
Yeah… gets a bit repetitive at the end there.