D23: Some art and behind the scenes footage from Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful is shown!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with yet more D23 coverage! Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful didn’t take a lot of time of the con, with nobody out to promote it (since, you know, it’s shooting right now), but we did get a little behind the scenes featurette that showed off some footage and had a few interviews.
Most of it was the typical “This is great, everybody is great, the world is great” type EPK stuff, but one of the things that stood out to me was that it appeared that Raimi was shooting part of the movie in 1.37:1 aspect ratio and in black and white. Unless it was some weird add on to the featurette it appears that as Oz (James Franco) gets swept to Oz while encountering a twister in his hot air balloon and that they pull a similar trick to the original, but instead of just jumping from sepia-tone to glorious Technicolor we go from black and white 1.37:1 aspect ratio to 2.35:1 and eye-popping color.
Raimi introduced the footage and as you’d expect did so in a suit… but not just any suit. He kind of looked like a coroner, wearing a very old timey period suit with a floppy bowtie.
The featurette started with a series of “Before Dorothy walked the yellow brick road” type phrases and concluded with “Fate delivered a wizard to Oz.”
Franco plays Oz, somewhat of a conman, circus barker/ringleader type who gets blown to Oz. Some production art showed a few crazy settings as Raimi talked about how L. Frank Baum’s world has been made iconic, but there are still places we haven’t been. One of them was an elephant head shaped mountain (grassy green mountain at that) and a city made entirely of a China set, teapots, cups, etc.
There were shots of Raimi behind the camera, Franco and Michelle Williams in a scene together (she plays Glinda) and a hint that we’re going to see us some damn flying monkeys in this movie as the final bit of the footage had rough silhouette animation of hundreds of flying monkeys winging their way towards camera.
Can’t really get too much of a read other than Raimi looked like his enthusiastic self on the set and in the intro and I like Franco and the cast (including Williams, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Zach Braff, playing Oz’s assistant Frank) a whole lot. The art, which did show the Emerald City and it looks… like the Emerald City, could be awesome or it could be Burton’s Alice In Wonderland. Can’t quite tell yet.
But nothing struck me particularly wrong, just didn’t see much more than a generic studio approved 3 minute behind the scenes featurette.
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Aug. 20, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST
I kept fearing that this would be another Raimi project that had the bottom drop out of it before he got the chance to make it. I'm by no means a big "Oz" fan, but I can't wait to see Raimi's take on the material.
Aug. 20, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST
your highness and the apes
Aug. 20, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST
by Turd Furgeson
You're getting me all excited for upcoming releases.
Aug. 20, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST
by Cadillac Jones
Aug. 20, 2011, 6:15 p.m. CST
Spiderman 3 sucked HARD...I highly doubt that was because of Raimi. I think he just spent too long in an environment where the creative decisions are made by executives who typically are not very creative - and they have the power. As for Franco - feel free to say you don't like him, but the guy is talented. Hey, I'm not a fan of John Lennon, but I wouldn't dare say he isn't talented - he's just not for me. OPINION!
Aug. 20, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST
Aug. 20, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST
by Joe Damiani
afraid yelling "FACT!" at the end of an opinion does *not* make it an actual fact. It's still an opinion. That, my friend, is a fact.
Aug. 20, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
where Franco treats animals with alzheimer's medication? The story of how they went from ordinary lions and tigers and bears to The Planet of the Oz!
Aug. 20, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST
Aug. 20, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST
is kind of growing on me.
Aug. 20, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST
Aug. 20, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST
Why the handle change? catchtheman was a good one…
Aug. 20, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST
CONFIRMED--and oh yeah--fuck you.
Aug. 20, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST
CTM is passionate — he writes with caustic humour, clarity and wit. Not that he's always 'correct' (he doesn't have to be), but he knows genre movies, especially horror movies, and will savage wrong-headed or simply idiotic studio decisions to remake, reboot or otherwise desecrate respect for the audience in the name of cash.
Aug. 20, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST
it's full of idiots
Aug. 20, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST
Maybe you blew quints cover :D Poor james franco, he's a great actor but generally anything to do with OZ is total shit in my eyes, No offence to the fans i just hate the subject matter and it's too much randomness.
Aug. 20, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST
The very concept of remakes and/or reboots is not INHERENTLY idiotic and disrespectful, and that's pretty much indisputable. It is, after all, just someone making a decision in regards to what story they want to tell. Sure it's POSSIBLY idiotic and disrespectful but there isn't a single person in the entire world who is qualified in any way to make that distinction and offer a valid judgement as to quality without having seen something in its entirety first. Also: Fuck you Webster and Spell Checker, it's not spelled judgment!
Aug. 20, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST
And this has got me all sorts of excited. It sounds even better in direction than i was hoping for. Please, *please* stay on this and follow up in the future if you can, Quint.
Aug. 20, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST
Anyway, we can expect lots of "spectacle" but a "bullshit" story.
Aug. 21, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST
Yup, that's actually in the first book.
Aug. 21, 2011, 2:39 a.m. CST
As someone who greatly prefers the books to the movie, I hope they don't reference the MGM look. It would be great to see the one true Oz, which is the John R. Neill Oz.
Aug. 21, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST
Haven't really read much about this but how could they NOT include the iconic villain herself in some form or another. (Perhaps she is shown before she fully embraces evil or something.)
Aug. 21, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST
...can be amusing, perplexing, and tiresome at the same time.
Aug. 21, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST
Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz, respectively. i believe Kunis is the Witch of the West. Whether it's pre-'wicked', i don't know. i wouldn't think so, since that concept has been done so recently.
Aug. 21, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST
That bit makes me giggle.
Aug. 21, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST
by The Pork-Chop Express
FACT. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.
Aug. 21, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST
Aug. 21, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST
what a terrible actor
Aug. 22, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST
With one exception: Rise of the Apes he's somewhat normal.
Aug. 22, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST
Where will Raimi's car, The Classic, appear in this film?
Aug. 22, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST
by wil brimley
<I just shit myself...no, its true, I did...fact...for real.
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