Sam Raimi plans to pay homage to the original Wizard of Oz movie in his up and coming reboot, OZ: The Great and powerful. Like the original 1939 classic, the start of Oz: The great and powerful will be shown in black and white, transposing into color upon arrival in the land of Oz. Whilst Raimi is not expecting this to have quite the same impact on audiences that it did back in 1939, it is a tip of the hat to the style of the original movie and will no doubt give audiences the world over the warm and fuzzies.
“We’re doing the same thing as the first ‘Wizard of Oz,’ we’re making it black and white in the beginning and then (it gets) colorful when we enter the Land of Oz,” said King. “It’s also going to be a 3D movie; I’m so excited about that. It’s going to add a whole new level to the awesomeness of Oz.”
Oz: The great and Powerful which stars James Franco, Michelle WIlliams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff and Abigail Spencer, will hit theaters on March 8, 2013.