Disney just released the first teaser poster for their upcoming Oz, The Great and Powerful, starring James Franco.
It’s a lovely image to be sure but it doesn’t really tell us much about the film. The ‘visionary’ director referred to on the poster is Sam Raimi and his involvement is the only thing that keeps me somewhat interested in this project, which proposes to tell the story of how the infamous wizard we know and love ended up in Oz.
The official synopsis does sound suitably intriguing:
“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.”
Hey, at least they are trying something different, right?