The American author L. Frank Baum is known as one of the greatest fantasy authors of the twentieth century. His works included what some would call today young adult novels and stories in the same mold as Alice in Wonderland or The Wind in the Willows. His most famous novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, had thirteen sequels and also was the inspiration for the Victor Fleming classic 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. After numerous attempts to make further adaptations, Disney took up the reigns with a property that in all ways seems to fit with their image. Released in March of 2013 was the Sam Ramie directed film, Oz the Great and Powerful, starring James Franco, Rachel Weiss, Mila Kumis, and Rachel Williams.
Essentially the film is a prequel to the Victor Fleming film and shows how some of the major characters from that film became who they are. Back stories are filled while new characters are brought into context. With a huge opening weekend and a sequel already being mentioned, the universe created by L. Frank Baum may finally have arrived to stay.
Dark Discussions talks about this new film and how it fits in with the Baum universe and the original Victor Fleming film. Discussions include your co-hosts opinions of the casting, the iconic takes on the witches, the special effects, and the screenplay. Walt Disney himself would be proud if he were still with us.