Raimi tells 'Great and Powerful' prequel

Last updated 11:30 13/07/2012
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There's no scarecrow, tin man or Dorothy in Sam Raimi's Land of Oz. No ruby slippers or Toto, too.

Raimi offered a crowd at the Comic-Con fan convention Thursday a sneak peek at his prequel Oz: The Great and Powerful, due in theatres next year.

The maker of Spider-Man and its two sequels told fans that his film is the story of how the ruler of Emerald City came to Oz, so characters and many other familiar facets of the classic 1939 musical The Wizard of Oz do not appear.

The film stars James Franco as a Kansas carnival magician whose hot-air balloon is blown to the magical realm by a tornado. Raimi says Franco's Oz is a selfish womaniser who's forced to become a nobler man in Oz.

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