Sam Raimi’s OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Set for March 8, 2013

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Filming on Sam Raimi’s Oz, The Great and Powerful is scheduled to begin shooting this July but audiences won’t be seeing any flying monkeys for a while.  Deadline reports that Disney has set the film’s release date for March 8, 2013.  While it seems a little odd that the movie wouldn’t be a summer tentpole, it could provide Disney a boost in the spring.

The film stars James Franco as a charlatan circus magician in our world, but when he’s transported to Oz, he becomes recognized as a Wizard and finds himself embroiled in a battle between the land’s three witches: Theodora (Mila Kunis), Glinda (Michelle Williams), and Evanora (Rachel Weisz).  The only other film currently set for March 8, 2013 is Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to District 9, the sci-fi flick Elysium starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Wagner Moura, and possibly William Fichtner.

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  • Kenny B

    I applaud Disney for giving two years to a project that really needs it, and not rushing the shit out of it.

    Has that always been the thing to do? Having one year for pre-production to the big screen? Or is it just increasingly more common? Is it mainly to beat other studios if projects are too similar?

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