Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful gets a teaser poster. Is it the next Alice In Wonderland or the next John Carter?

It's going to be a slow week at Mendelson's Memos this week, both because I have holiday-related family stuff and because I have a slight case of writer's block (I don't want to incessantly whine about The Amazing Spider-Man and not much else is happening news-wise at least until I see Savages on Friday morning).  Anyway, Disney dropped this poster for Sam Raimi's $200 million (!!!) Oz: The Great and Powerful, which is apparently a prequel to the original Wizard of Oz.  Disney is opening this on March 8th, 2013, or the same weekend that Disney's Alice In Wonderland debuted in 2010.  Let's hope they have better luck with this James Franco/Mila Kunis/Zach Braff/Michelle Williams/Rachel Weisz tent-pole than they did with their last first-weekend-of-March entry, John Carter.

Scott Mendelson


Adam said...

I'm pretty excited! I'm a fan of the grown-up fairy tale craze that's going hot and heavy right now, despite not having seen Snow White and the Huntsman (YET!). What's more, even L. Frank Baum himself never really went into great detail about what happened when the Wizard arrived in Oz for the first time. Let's just say that I'll be there on opening weekend . . .

Dan Geiser said...

I'm going to go with probably pretty good. He makes good movies as long as Sam doesn't write the movie with his brother Ivan _and_ the 3 Stooges gags are kept to a minimum. The amazing thing is according to IMDB this film was made in Pontiac Michigan?

Cautia said...

Well, the poster certainly looks cool. Count me as tentatively excited for it (which I never was for John Carter...)

PB210 said...

1. Disney did Return to Oz in the 1980's, correct?

2. If this does well enough, perhaps Raimi will finally get his chance to do The Shadow.

3. Intriguing that 2013 will mark the tenth anniversary of the 2003 Peter Pan film. The backlash against that film did not deter Burton's Wonderland film. Intriguing to see if adapting children's classics from the 1800's/early 1900's such as Oz will still bring in the success of the Tim Burton Wonderland film.


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