Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save 44%
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Phil Lord And Christopher Miller Directing Han Solo Stand-Alone Film
The Lego Movie/Jump St duo is off to the galaxy far, far away...
Elodie Yung Will Be Daredevil's Elektra
G.I. Joe: Retaliation actress heads to Hell's Kitchen
Rhys Darby Joins The X-Files
As the first teaser for the new limited series lands
Paul Feig's Ghostbusters Finds A Villain
Neil Casey will be causing trouble
Latest Ash Vs. Evil Dead Images Arrive
Chainsaws and cars, baby!
Idris Elba's Beasts Of No Nation Arriving On Netflix In October
As the streaming service announces its film premiere dates
Taylor Hackford Taking Over The Comedian
Robert De Niro still attached to star
Harry Shearer Leaves The Simpsons
Update: And he's baaaack
New Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Posters Online
Behold the faces of the revolution
New Set Of Crimson Peak Character Posters
Tom Hiddleston gets the blues (and reds)
Disney Now Planning A Live Action Prince Charming Film
Revisionist royalty ahoy
Assassin's Creed Adds Michael Kenneth Williams
Omar comin' to the game adaptation
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
YESTERDAY
Latest Ash Vs. Evil Dead Images Arrive
Chainsaws and cars, baby!
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
True Story
17 July 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Suite Francaise (2015)
Empire Star Rating
The Interview (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Third Person (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Palo Alto (2014)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Raimi Previews Oz The Great & Powerful
Concept art and more shown off at D23

22 August 2011  |  Written by James White  

submit to reddit

Raimi Previews Oz The Great & Powerful

When you've only just started shooting on your latest film, rustling up something interesting to show people can be a daunting challenge. But it was one that Sami Raimi was willing to tackle for a presentation of Oz The Great And Powerful at this weekend’s D23 Expo.

Since he’s knee-deep in production in Detroit, Raimi could only send a video message to the Disney convention from the set of Oz The Great And Powerful. But he also provided an early glimpse of what the film might look like, with concept art and rough footage from the first day’s shooting interspersed with sound bites from the cast, including James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff and Rachel Weisz.

As Raimi mentioned in the video, the aim for the film is to take the descriptions of Oz used by L Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and bring them to life with all the technological tricks of modern filmmaking. So we were treated to lush imagery of rolling hills, mountains that resembled elephant heads and scary forests, all boasting the iconic yellow brick road.

And while very little is actually in the can, there was a quick glimpse of Franco plying his trade as a dodgy carnival magician, a man who has an eye for the ladies. “He’s bit of a con, a bit of a Lothario and a seducer,” Franco explains in the video. “When he gets to Oz, it's a chance to redeem himself."

One quick shot of Franco preparing to step into a storm with the words “Let’s go make some magic” wrapped things up. Naturally, it’s far too early to tell what the final product will look like, or how effective it will be, but there certainly seemed to be a lot of ambition on display…


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Trailer For Winterbottom's Trishna
Freida Pinto tackles Hardy in India
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Steven Seagal's Greatest Hits
Our leading Seagalogist charts the big man's finest moments

100 Greatest Movie Characters
Week 2 of your all-time favourite heroes and villains

10 Things To Look Out For At Comic-Con
Empire's look ahead to this week's big panels

Mirror Match: 10 Movies Where Your Evil Twin Attacks
A new challenger enters… and it’s YOU (but with bad facial hair)

Please Explain! With Arnold Schwarzenegger...
Plus Emilia Clarke on pranks, smiles and 'The Robot'

Bonfire Of The Vanities: When Personal Projects Go Wrong
15 hubristic horrors that went straight to movie jail

Hollywood Jackanory: Stars Reading Things Out Of Context
From Ian McKellen vs. One Direction to Hugh Jackman vs. baking innuendos

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe now and save up to 67%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)