But now it's straight up cancelled!
Ticket holders were sent the following email on Friday:
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No reason NOT to go see this. At least, if you talk to any of it's stars, like Abigail Spencer.
Oz: The Great and Powerful is quite possibly one of the most anticipated flicks of 2013, with an all-star cast currently filming the prequel tale to the classic Judy Garland movie. Everyone from Oscar-nominated Michelle Williams, James Franco and Rachel Weisz is attached for the tale, but it might not exactly be the movie everyone thinks it will be.
Abigail, who plays an the Wizard's assistant May (don't remember her from the Emerald City, do ya?), explains that this movie pays more homage to the classic L. Frank Baum stories and explains much more of the origins of Oz. She adds:
"It's before the Scarecrow and the Tin Man and Dorothy and all that. It really goes deeper into how that story came to be. It really is what the books are based on. This is the real story and I think this is actually what the writer [L. Frank Baum] intended when he wrote them."
So, those of you who were hoping to hear Franco flex his pipes for a version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow can just settle down. That ain't happening here.
We're actually looking forward to seeing the differences in this movie to former adaptations. It should be one of those films that everyone who has ever experience the original will want to go see and have an opinion on. We love movies like that!
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