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

     May 25, 2011


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?