According to a press release from Disney, filming is officially underway on Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful. Cameras began rolling on Monday, July 25th, and the entire production is scheduled to take place on the 200,000 square-foot soundstage at the newly-opened Raleigh Studios in Pontiac, Michigan.
From the official press release:
Oz The Great and Powerful imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, The Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.