Oz in the News 6.22.11

Danny Elfman to Score Sam Raimi’s ‘Oz’  Danny Elfman had a fairly high-profile falling-out with his Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 director Sam Raimi while trying to score Spider-Man 2 — a falling out that prompted the composer to declare that the two would never work together again. Well, something happened, because now, in addition to scoring Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie, Mr. Elfman says he will be doing the score for Oz: The Great and Powerful, and likely scoring The Hunger Games, as well.

“Wizard of Oz” yellow brick road in N.Y. town?  Author Evan Schwartz says they’re probably right. His book, “Finding Oz” examines the origins of Baum’s great American story. “It really came from the people, places and things that he experienced in his life,” he said. According to Schwartz, the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair inspired The Emerald City, and the dark days Baum spent as a young man in Kansas are reflected in the book’s opening scene. Schwartz said, “What he was really looking for, I think, was a place that contrasted with the colorful world of Oz, and he picked the flattest, greyest, grimmest place he’d ever been.” Curran said, “Those very intense experiences in his entire life show up in the book.” Curran’s convinced he’s got a national treasure in his backyard. Miller asked, “What if this isn’t it?” Curran said, “It has to be!”

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