Sam Raimi Talks OZ: THE GREAT & POWERFUL Inspiration And Relation To The Original Film

Spider-Man director Sam Raimi will be visiting Oz for his next film, and here he talks about how much of The Great & Powerful is inspired by L. Frank Baum's books as well as reiterating that the film does not remake the original in any way.

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By Paul Romano - 1/26/2013


Speaking with Total Film, Oz: The Great & Powerful director Sam Raimi discusses his anticipated prequel to the iconic Wizard Of Oz. Due to the popularity of the first film, many fans were hesitant about a new film inspired by the mythology of L. Frank Baum's classic books. However, Raimi confirms that he didn't try to remake Wizard Of Oz, and that he didn't have to reinvent any of the film's history in the prequel. "I think The Wizard Of Oz is such a great film and I would never attempt to [remake that]," he said. "You could call [Oz] a prequel, that would be accurate - but I didn’t have to re-invent any of that fantastic history."

Raimi also talks about screenwriter Mitchell Kapner's work on the film, and how much of Baum's books inspired it as opposed to his own material. The Spider-Man director additionally comments on the collaboration on the script. "Mitchell [Kapner, screenwriter] took about 40% of the events that were sprinkled here and there about Oz from Baum’s books and really created the other 60% himself out of his imagination, because there just wasn’t enough there. I gave him notes, I brought aboard a second writer to help fill out some other areas of the story, my brother did a little work on the script, and all the actors contributed. It really was a very big collaboration."

Oz: The Great And Powerful stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. The film is set to hit theaters March 8th.











Source: Total Film
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Mrcool210 - 1/26/2013, 11:09 AM
well of course its not remaking anything, its a prequel isnt it?
bhorwith22 - 1/26/2013, 11:35 AM
It can't really fit as 'canon' though. In the 1939 film, Oz was just a dream. Might fit with the books though.
DioFoRio - 1/26/2013, 11:47 AM
@MrCool..so was the thing
DioFoRio - 1/26/2013, 11:51 AM
I think this looks good. Raimi has one tiny blemish on his record. I think he's going to do what burton couldn't...make this fun.
Super12 - 1/26/2013, 12:03 PM
So either it was all just a dream (in which case a prequel doesn't make sense), or the Wizard of Oz wasnt actually that magician guy at the beginning in the same way the scarecrow is one of the farmhands that Dorothy dreamed up. Oz would be James Franco and he would have floated back to Kansas, and that magician would have just been someone else in KS. Or that was one FAST balloon ride back home
superotherside - 1/26/2013, 7:44 PM
I'm hoping that he comes back to do a film franchise from the books. If adapted correctly the OZ books would make an amazing new movie franchise.
Godzillafart - 1/26/2013, 9:39 PM
AAAaaaaannnnnnnddddddd........who cares?
ISleepNow - 1/26/2013, 9:48 PM
I think it would be more honest to say Raimi couldn't find enough material from the books to use that he cared for seeing as how Baum wrote over 20 books in the series
IIIAdamantiumIII - 1/27/2013, 8:59 AM
lol this movie looks like shit
dancingmonkey08 - 1/27/2013, 5:46 PM
I hate how some people just come on to an article just to trash the movie. I know I should be used to it after the years I have been coming on here but it really pisses me off. I dont go on to the GI Joe articles and Riddick articles that have been put up today and start saying they are shit, do I? Goddamn some people have too much time on their hands
Rambaldi47 - 1/28/2013, 12:43 PM
I hope that if this is a success, they'll adapt The Wonderful Wizard of Oz faithfully. The book has a lot of differences, so it wouldn't take away from the classic. And then they could do the other books in the series.

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