Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, director Sam Raimi and producer Joe Roth were on hand at Comic-Con San Diego to support their new Disney animated feature, “Oz: The Great and Powerful.”
“Oz: The Great and Powerful” is very simply, an origin story. It explores the tale of how the Wizard of Oz came to live behind the green curtain.
Though Williams, who plays Glinda the Good Witch, has moved very successfully from television to film, one reporter couldn’t resist asking the actress when we’re going to see her return to the small screen in a “Dawson’s Creek” reunion.
“I would very happily do a reunion show. I don’t know what it would be; my character died in the end,” she said. “There are some limitations for me. I don’t know if I’d come back as a ghost… I would love to… I think independently we’ve all kind of been saying that. I hope at some point it does happen.”
Sam Raimi enthusiastically agreed to do the reunion. Raimi, who is known mostly for his work on action films like “Spider Man” and horror movies like “Drag Me to Hell,” is making his first foray into the family movie genre. While “Oz” is influenced by the original, the director and actors said they in no way attempted to remake the 1939 classic.
“We all love the ‘Wizard of Oz’ movie ourselves and we were very careful not to tread on it, we were careful to respect it. But really ours is a different story. It’s the story that leads up to ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ It’s a story of how the wizard came from Kansas to the land of Oz and how a slightly selfish man became a slightly more selfless man… We just nodded lovingly toward it and went ahead telling our own story…”
Fans of Oz need not worry, some familiar elements of the original, including a “nice flying monkey” and a the addition of a witch with an army of flying baboons, are included in the film.
“Oz the Great and Powerful” is in theaters March 2013.
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