This edition of Theme Park Bits has full of franchises: Harry Potter, The Avengers, Wizard of Oz and more. Below, read about the following:
- Harry Potter‘s Hogwarts Express has been delivered to Universal Studios Orlando.
- Thor: Treasures of Asgard opens at Disneyland on Friday
- Marvel’s Avengers Academy is now open on the Disney Magic Cruise.
- Check out images from a Wizard of Oz theme park that almost got built in the Nineties.
- Watch a short film based on the Haunted Mansion
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A few quick notes for you Wizard of Oz fans. First up, a reminder that September 20 brings the IMAX 3D re-release of the original film. Second, though the news has been out there for sometime (and we missed it), the long in-production, computer animated Oz film formerly called Dorothy From Oz has a new title and release date. Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, a 3D animated musical, will be released May 9, 2014. And third, Mondo has yet another awesome poster for the classic film, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. It’s by Graham Erwin. Check out more below. Read More »
Briefly: The drive to create new films and TV shows based on recognizable fairy tales may not be as all-consuming as it was a year or two ago, but that doesn’t mean it has gone away altogether. Look at CBS, which is now developing a show called Dorothy, from Elementary exec producers Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman.
The show, says Deadline, is designed as basically E.R. set in New York City, and inspired by The Wizard of Oz. Emily Fox (Ghost Whisperer) is scripting and will exec produce the show if it goes forward. Hopefully she’s seen Lars von Trier’s The Kingdom, which has already done a hell of a job infusing the hospital procedural drama with elements of the strange and fantastic.
Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
It typically takes studios a year or more to push a sequel out, no matter how quickly they try to put one together. But in the case of Oz The Great and Powerful, audiences will get to see what happened to the wizard just a few months after we left him.
Of course, that’s only because we’ve already known where the character would end up for many decades now. The Wizard of Oz is approaching its 75th birthday, and to celebrate that big anniversary, Warner Bros. is putting the Technicolor classic back in theaters this fall with a shiny new IMAX 3D upgrade. Watch the trailer for the remastered release after the jump.
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If we’re lucky, every few months a poster is released that makes you step back from your computer and stare. A poster so gorgeous, fans and non-fans a like will bask in its beauty. Some previous examples are Olly Moss’s Star Wars posters, Ken Taylor’s Halloween poster, Tyler Stout’s Akira, Aaron Horkey’s There Will be Blood and now, you can add Tom Whalen‘s The Wizard of Oz to the list.
Whalen has long been a favorite, both here on /Film and in galleries across the country. Working consistently for Mondo and Gallery 1988 has helped the Pennsylvania-based artist develop quite a following and, as fantastic as his work always is, this poster – made for Mondo – takes the cake. It’s epic, evocative and sure to be incredibly difficult to obtain.
Check out the full image after the jump along with another new Whalen poster from, for the Looney Tunes short Knighty Knight Bugs, as well as two comic-themed posters for The Black Beetle by Francesco Francavilla. Read More »
The opportunity to see an all-time classic on the big screen should be taken whenever possible. Ideally, this happens at a repertory house where the original content and quality of the film is preserved, and sometimes (though less and less as 35mm gives way to DCP) even the format is the same. On special occasions, though, a film is so grand and adored it gets not only a big time restoration, but major release as well. Titanic comes to mind. Jurassic Park. And now, The Wizard of Oz can be added to the list.
The 1939 classic celebrates its 75 anniversary in 2014 and leading up to that, Warner Bros. is releasing both a 3D Blu-ray super set on October 1 and a restored, 3D IMAX edition in theaters September 1. Read More »
The land of Oz is a big, varied place, with all manner of strange denizens around whom to build a story. But there are only a dozen or so characters that are recognizable to broad audiences who have never read L. Frank Baum’s novels: Oz, the witches, Dorothy, her companions in The Wizard of Oz, maybe Princess Ozma and a few others.
So it’s easy to guess that a sequel to Sam Raimi‘s film Oz the Great and Powerful would jump forward to involve Dorothy in some way, perhaps even effectively rebooting The Wizard of Oz and circling around any effort Warner Bros. (rights holder to the 1939 film) might put into motion.
But producer Joe Roth says the Great and Powerful sequel “would absolutely not” involve Dorothy. Read More »
When people think of The Wizard of Oz, they think of the 1939 film starring Judy Garland. Yellow brick roads, munchkins, ruby slippers, the wicked witch, all that stuff. Fast forward about 75 years and Disney releases Oz the Great and Powerful, a prequel that features iconography very similar to, but not exactly the same, as the famous film. The reason? Warner Bros. owns the rights to the 1939 classic, but not the L. Frank Baum book it’s based on, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Sam Raimi and his team were very careful not to use any of Warner Bros.’ intellectual property, going so far as having lawyers present during production to make sure they didn’t cross the line. So there are no ruby slippers, the witch isn’t the same color green, the Emerald City looks different, etc. It’s close, but just different enough to avoid a lawsuit.
On its opening weekend, Disney and Raimi’s gamble paid off, grossing an impressive $80 million and work on a sequel has begun. The cash is rolling in for the Mouse House much to the chagrin of Warner Bros., who rightfully feels a certain ownership to the property.
The Los Angeles Times has a fascinating article on how the success of Oz will not only help Disney, but set up a major rivalry between them and Warners who has several Oz related projects in the pipeline including multiple movies at various stages of development. Read More »
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