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He may be on for The Great & Powerful

13 June 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Vulture

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And so the roundabout of possible directors for Wizard of Oz prequel Oz, The Great and Powerful creaks around to another likely candidate: according to Vulture, Sam Raimi has been offered the job.

With Robert Downey Jr still rumoured to be attached to play the man who will become the Wizard, this one has been showing its colourful bum to directors like a lustful monkey in the zoo for ages. Sam Mendes, Timur Bekmambetov and Adam Shankman had all been under serious consideration, before Mendes ditched the film for On Chesil Beach and his commitments to the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical. Shankman and Bekmambetov are still apparently in play, but Vulture’s sources say that Raimi has the offer.

Even the former Spider-wrangler has scheduling concerns, however. While he hasn’t truly announced his next project, he is attached to Warner/Legendary’s take on the Warcraft games and any number of other possible movies bubbling away within his own production company’s lab.

There’s no word yet on any official confirmation, with Disney taking its time finding the right person to guide the film, even as the studio is itching to get working on it.

And that’s no surprise, since the Hollywood landscape is suddenly crammed with possible Oz projects. Disney itself has a reboot of Wizard staggering along the Yellow Brick Road of development with producer Basil Iwanyk overseeing a Josh Olson script, and Warners/New Line working up a version called Oz, written by Darren Lemke of Shrek Forever After. Not forgetting the animated version of the original film, which has just announced the casting of Glee’s Lea Michele as Dorothy...

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RE: Don't Follow The Yellow Brick Road, Please!
We really don't need other Oz films after Return to Oz.  More

Posted by Deviation at 17:14 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Don't Follow The Yellow Brick Road, Please!
I hope he takes inspiration from Return To Oz, the cinematography of the film was superb I thought. I hope there is room for Bruce Campbell should Raimi be involved too... More

Posted by MarcE at 16:37 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

Don't Follow The Yellow Brick Road, Please!
Apart from advances in special effects, it's virtually impossible to improve on The Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland. That's a perfectly judged movie with a perfect cast and it's an all-time classic. Plus, it's a musical, so if you do a prequel/remake without the songs, it will seem odd not to mention shorter. Like the best kids movies, Garland's Oz was bloody scary at times, the new movie will go all politically correct and get rid of all that. Don't touch this with a ten-foot pole, Sa More

Posted by BenTramer at 05:59 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

L: Kurtis93 First upcoming "Dorothy of Oz", Then Disney's "reboot", then Drew Barrymore's "Surrender Dorothy" have people really ran out of ideas?? That they must gentle edge towards remakes and reboots. What next a remake/reboot of Casablanca? NO, JUST LEAVE FILMS ALONE!!! ou realise there are forty books in the Oz series? More

Posted by John Firth at 23:41 on 13 June 2010 | Report This Post

Seeing all the different directors and verison in the offering, Sam Raimi would be the best. He has the vision, the ambition, the talent for the world of Oz. His films focus on strong, 3d dimensional characters and he can perfectly dark and light. Though, I would be interested to see what Sam Mendas would do with the fantasy genre. More

Posted by freemantle_uk at 22:18 on 13 June 2010 | Report This Post

First upcoming "Dorothy of Oz", Then Disney's "reboot", then Drew Barrymore's "Surrender Dorothy" have people really ran out of ideas?? That they must gentle edge towards remakes and reboots. What next a remake/reboot of Casablanca? NO, JUST LEAVE FILMS ALONE!!! More

Posted by Kurtis93 at 21:49 on 13 June 2010 | Report This Post

I think he'd be perfect for the project. We all saw how dark and twisted 'return to oz' was and despite its infamous reputation I really liked the film. His films are always visually imaginative with darkness as either an under or overtone and with healthy doses of goofy humour. The only shame is it means we'll have to wait even longer for Evil Dead IV More

Posted by jomo999 at 20:58 on 13 June 2010 | Report This Post

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