Well They Did It, They Prequelized The Wizard of Oz


Yeesh. You know, Sam Raimi directing Robert Downey Jr. in a Wizard of Oz prequel didn’t seem like the worst thing ever at one point. But now that I’ve seen the trailer and it’s James Franco and the wackiest CGI since Alice in Wonderland, I’m not so sure.

Though I do appreciate the cool little switch from black and white fixed screen to full-color widescreen at the beginning, I’m not so sure about the rest of it. But with the aforementioned Alice in Wonderland makeing about fifty times as much money as it should have, studios are going to keep trying to revive classic franchises in the hopes of duplicating that success.

What do you think? My brain hurts thinking about how this would look in 3D already.

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  1. I don’t know… The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland were pretty wacky to begin with.. I think the CG suits them. Plus I like Sam Raimi and Robert Downey Jr., Mila Kunis and Rachel Weizs.. Excited to see this..

    (Isn’t there a Wicked movie coming out too? You’ll not only get 1 Oz prequel, but 2!)

  2. I am interested. I just wikied this and it seems Depp was in the run after Downey pulled and have to say I much rather see James Franco and I just may see this even at the teather which if it had been Depp I wouldnt even see it.

  3. As much as I like Depp, I have to agree with Monchofos, however, I don’t have high hopes for this. Hollywood needs to learn that CGI alone does not equate greatness and go back to using actual propmakers and classic special effects along side CGI. I will still see it since I do like Franco and of course, for Mila but I have a feeling it will be a cross between Alice in Wonderland meets Witches of Oz (if you haven’t seen it, don’t do it unless you want to be mindraped by bad cgi and worse acting.)

  4. In the neverending hype of that damned thing, it gets forgotten: It’s an utterly, utterly stupid book. When fame snowballs, people rarely ever look back and ask, “Is all the worship of this thing justified? Or were we perhaps snookered into going for something idiotic?”

    Now it’s too famous to question. It’s “an institution.” It’s “iconic.”

    Read the damned book, folks. It’s dumb. It makes no bloody sense at all.

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