Release Date Set for 'Oz'

Buzz has been surrounding Disney's take on the classic Oz story, and now "Oz: The Great and Powerful" has a release date. Fans will have to wait until March 8, 2013 to get a glimpse of this 3D prequel to the Judy Garland classic.

With Sam Raimi directing, the film will tell the story of how the wizard, as portrayed by James Franco, came to be in Oz. Also on board to star in the film as one of the two witches who controls Oz is Mila Kunis. Rachel Weisz is rumored to be in talks to play the other witch, while Michelle Williams may be in negotiations to play Glinda the Good Witch.

"Oz" Comes to Detroit

There's no place like . . . Detroit? For Disney's "Oz: The Great and Powerful," the Michigan city will be the film's home for the remainder of the year as Raleigh Michigan Studios recently announced it will host the filming of the prequel.

"Oz," which will be Michigan's largest film shoot ever, will be the first movie to be filmed at Raleigh Studios. The new facility once was home to a General Motors plant.

Rachel Weisz May Join Kunis As "Oz" Witch

Early last month, we reported that Mila Kunis had signed on to play a witch in the upcoming Disney film "Oz: The Great and Powerful." Now, Rachel Weisz is reportedly in talks to join the cast along side Kunis.

"Oz" is a prequel to the 1930's film "The Wizard of Oz" and takes place before the events of L. Frank Baum's classic story. James Franco, who is slated to fill the Wizard's shoes, will help chronicle that character's beginnings as a snake-oil salesman.

Mila Kunis On Board As An 'Oz' Witch

She's coming off an incredible season of awards and critical acclaim associated with the movie "Black Swan," and now she's set to appear in Disney's prequel to the "Wizard of Oz." It's been reported Mila Kunis has signed on to play Theodora in "Oz: The Great and Powerful.

Is Johnny Depp the Next Oz?

They have a director on board plus a unit production manager, but the question these days seems to be who will play the great wizard in Disney's Oz, the Great and Powerful. Robert Downey, Jr., was slated to play the lead, but has reportedly backed out of the production.