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Sam Raimi Hired To Direct Downey In 'Oz'

By Nikki Finke | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 4:10am PDT
Let me confirm that Sam Raimi is set to direct Robert Downey Jr in Disney's extravagant 'Wizard of Oz' 3D prequel. I understand that talks to hire Raimi for Oz: The Great And Powerful turned into a deal last night. It's a coup for new studio bosses Rich Ross and Sean Bailey, who are rolling the dice big-time by hoping that this pic will be a global hit like the billion-dollar-grossing Alice In Wonderland. Downey will play the Wizard Of Oz before he became the Wizard Of Oz circa the 1939 iconic film: he's in fact a circus wrangler transported by tornado to the mysterious world of Oz where he gets mistaken for a know-it-all. This will be Raimi's first firm project since he exited Spider-Man 4, which prompted Sony Pictures to reboot the entire franchise earlier this year. Now the only question is whether Sam Raimi can do what Tim Burton just did. Based on Spidey's blockbuster box office, it's a good bet.
 
New best movie ever? Or horrible idea?

Only time will tell.
 
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http://www.deadline.com/hollywood/
"Robert Downey Jr. isn't set yet. They are going to develop for him, if things go right. The script will be rewritten," one of my sources says. "The movie will happen, though."

It is a question of just when the studio wants the movie out in theaters.
Downey has a pretty busy schedule .
He's attached to Gravity which i believe will be filming soon. After Gravity he'll immediatyl start work on the sherlock holmes sequel and after Holmes Downey will shoot his scenes for Avengers.
 
wasnt there already a thread for this oz film.
 
Raimi is really a bit.....

he will make a movie where the studio casted the main actor. wasnt there a time where Raimi could greenlight a movie and cast hes own main actor?

come on Raimi show some balls.
 
Even though I'm a fan of Raimi, I would rather have a series of movies based DIRECTLY on the Baum stories.
 
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This could turn out either really good or really bad.
 
Huh...seeing the state of Hollywood's originality, I would've expected an adaption of Wicked (play or books) would be made before something like this. Sounds intriguing.
 
Now the only question is whether Sam Raimi can do what Tim Burton just did.
Hopefully it's better than what Burton just did.
 
Who should Bruce Campbell play? The Wizard? The Scarecrow? The Tin Man? The Cowardly Lion?
 
I'm happy to see anything Oz related, but I was disappointed when I realised this isn't a movie adaptation of Wicked. Hopefully this will still be good.
 
Sam Raimi's career as an A-list director is over. How does one turn down World of Warcraft and The Shadow in favor of a prequel to The Wizard of Oz? :csad:
 
Sam Raimi's career as an A-list director is over. How does one turn down World of Warcraft and The Shadow in favor of a prequel to The Wizard of Oz? :csad:
plus lets not forget that the studio will cast the main actor for him. plus a lot of other artistic decisions that will be made for him.


could it be that Raimi will do this movie because e wants a hit ?
 
Sam Raimi's career as an A-list director is over. How does one turn down World of Warcraft and The Shadow in favor of a prequel to The Wizard of Oz? :csad:
plus lets not forget that the studio will cast the main actor for him. plus a lot of other artistic decisions that will be made for him.


could it be that Raimi will do this movie because e wants a hit ?
 
Sam Raimi's career as an A-list director is over. How does one turn down World of Warcraft and The Shadow in favor of a prequel to The Wizard of Oz? :csad:

Alice In WOnderland billion dollar gross may have contributed . It's certainly a safe bet when compared to WoW. While many factors have contributed to PoP failure at the BO , i think WoW development may stalled because of that.
 
According to a site call Pajiba, they have some story details about the film.
http://www.pajiba.com/trade_news/exclusive-steamy-plot-details-on-oz-the-great-and-powerful-and-a-new-jj-abrams-project-.php

I'll put in a spoiler tag.
We now know for certain that Sam Raimi’s next project will be Oz the Great and Powerful, a prequel of sorts to The Wizard of Oz, and that Robert Downey, Jr., though not official, is expected to take the lead. We also knew that the movie would focus on a younger wizard, and his origins in the Land of Oz. Thanks to the Hollywood Cog, we now know quite a few details about Mitchell Kapner’s story, which would have the Wizard — a snake-oil salesman posing as a magician — enter Oz via a hot-air balloon, which he uses to escape an angry husband who has found out that Oz slept with his wife. There, Oz — a fast-talking huckster who wears a velveteen frock coat (yes, I can see that) — falls in love with Glinda (the Good Witch), and the two combine forces to Fight the Evil Witches Evanora and Theodora. Theodora starts out as a good witch, but after Oz jilts her sexual advances, Evanora — the truly evil witch — convinces Theodora to become an evil witch with her and help her to rule all of Oz. Both Evanora and Theodora are described as incredibly attractive, seductive women, and Theodora likes to wear black, thigh-high boots. What is this? Oz porn
 
According to a site call Pajiba, they have some story details about the film.
http://www.pajiba.com/trade_news/ex...and-powerful-and-a-new-jj-abrams-project-.php

I'll put in a spoiler tag.
We now know for certain that Sam Raimi’s next project will be Oz the Great and Powerful, a prequel of sorts to The Wizard of Oz, and that Robert Downey, Jr., though not official, is expected to take the lead. We also knew that the movie would focus on a younger wizard, and his origins in the Land of Oz. Thanks to the Hollywood Cog, we now know quite a few details about Mitchell Kapner’s story, which would have the Wizard — a snake-oil salesman posing as a magician — enter Oz via a hot-air balloon, which he uses to escape an angry husband who has found out that Oz slept with his wife. There, Oz — a fast-talking huckster who wears a velveteen frock coat (yes, I can see that) — falls in love with Glinda (the Good Witch), and the two combine forces to Fight the Evil Witches Evanora and Theodora. Theodora starts out as a good witch, but after Oz jilts her sexual advances, Evanora — the truly evil witch — convinces Theodora to become an evil witch with her and help her to rule all of Oz. Both Evanora and Theodora are described as incredibly attractive, seductive women, and Theodora likes to wear black, thigh-high boots. What is this? Oz porn

That was the most Convoluted written premise I've ever read.
 
Sam Raimi's career as an A-list director is over. How does one turn down World of Warcraft and The Shadow in favor of a prequel to The Wizard of Oz? :csad:

It's because Wizard of Oz is a bigger classic than Warcraft and the Shadow.
 
According to a site call Pajiba, they have some story details about the film.
http://www.pajiba.com/trade_news/exclusive-steamy-plot-details-on-oz-the-great-and-powerful-and-a-new-jj-abrams-project-.php

I'll put in a spoiler tag.
We now know for certain that Sam Raimi’s next project will be Oz the Great and Powerful, a prequel of sorts to The Wizard of Oz, and that Robert Downey, Jr., though not official, is expected to take the lead. We also knew that the movie would focus on a younger wizard, and his origins in the Land of Oz. Thanks to the Hollywood Cog, we now know quite a few details about Mitchell Kapner’s story, which would have the Wizard — a snake-oil salesman posing as a magician — enter Oz via a hot-air balloon, which he uses to escape an angry husband who has found out that Oz slept with his wife. There, Oz — a fast-talking huckster who wears a velveteen frock coat (yes, I can see that) — falls in love with Glinda (the Good Witch), and the two combine forces to Fight the Evil Witches Evanora and Theodora. Theodora starts out as a good witch, but after Oz jilts her sexual advances, Evanora — the truly evil witch — convinces Theodora to become an evil witch with her and help her to rule all of Oz. Both Evanora and Theodora are described as incredibly attractive, seductive women, and Theodora likes to wear black, thigh-high boots. What is this? Oz porn

Wow is that ever out of this world stupid? At least they aren't directly butchering Baum's books I guess.
 
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