Reimaginings of well-known fairy tales have been Hollywood's fascination ever since the runaway success of Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND, and the latest director to jump on the bandwagon is none other than Sam Raimi, the enfant terrible of cult horror flicks such as EVIL DEAD and perhaps more popularly the SPIDERMAN trilogy.
Raimi has assembled a young and exciting cast including James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis and Michelle Wllliams for a prequel of sorts to THE WIZARD OF OZ. The official synopsis of the movie goes like this:
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 opens in Singapore theatres March 7, 2013.