Having recently watched Return to Oz, I was reminded of what an underrated classic it is. It seemed quite serendipitous when I stumbled across the news of Sam Raimi's latest project. I am thrilled to hear that Sam Raimi is directing a new installment in the land of Oz.
Below is the film's synopsis:
Oz The Great and Powerful 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.
As if all of this wasn't sounding awesome enough; even greater news comes via a Bruce Campbell tweet...
"I. Am. In. Oz. Sam Raimi refuses to tell me what character I will portray. Just know that the role is PIVOTAL."- Bruce Campbell
... such news certainly softens the blow of the Evil Dead remake fiasco.
Oz: The Great and Powerful is due for release on March 8th, 2013. Colour me very excited.
On a somewhat related note, re-watching Return to Oz revealved where I had obtained the subconscious inspiration for everyone's favourite cock; Cockerel...
Say hello to Cockerel's cousin; Billina.