Sam Raimi to direct Wizard of Oz prequel
Here’s an interesting one – the buzz on the Internet (and specifically at the Deadline website) has it that Sam Raimi will direct Disney’s pre-runner to the Wizard of Oz.
The prequel is called Oz: The Great and Powerful, and it will be in 3D (of course… Oz: The Great and Powerful and Commercial, maybe?).
Sam Raimi is, of course, famous for his work on the likes of Spider-Man and the Evil Dead.
Robert Downey Jr is slated to play the title role of the wizard, before he was the wizard, as it were. Initially, the character is a circus performer who gets caught in a tornado and dumped unceremoniously into the land of Oz.
Of course, in the original film, it all turned out to be a dream in the end, didn’t it? Should be interesting to see how the writers ignore that… Explain that, even. That’s what we meant.
At any rate, let’s hope the script isn’t dead by dawn, as the grapevine has it that initial drafts weren’t up to much.
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