The movie is directed by Sam Raimi (Spiderman, The Evil Dead) and is described as a prequel to The Wizard of Oz. I'm guessing, much like Gregory Maguire's Wicked, the movie uses some elements described in the L. Frank Baum books, but the story is mostly original.
I'm a huge fan of the Oz books, or at least the books by Baum. (I haven't read any of the books written after Baum's death.) I'm curious about the film. I like the book Wicked (although I didn't care as much for the sequels), but I can't help thinking about Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, another reimagined version of one of my favorites. I love Tim Burton's visuals, and love some of his movies (especially the earlier ones), but I really didn't care for his Alice. And they so lost me with this part. Sorry, futterwhacken(sp???) fans.
(Silver shoes - Oz. Rabbit holes - Alice. Oz and Alice may be mentioned on this blog aplenty.)
Knowing me, I'll wait to hear what others say about Oz before I make my way to the theater. It isn't slated to be released until March 2013.
What do you think of the trailer?