'Oz: The Great and Powerful' is Officially Sam Raimi's Next Film

October 6, 2010
Source: Deadline

Raimi / Wizard of Oz

Though his name has been linked to several developing projects recently, it looks like Sam Raimi has finally decided which film will be his next directing gig. Deadline reports the filmmaker has finally committed to make Oz: The Great and Powerful his next film after accepting the offer to direct back in June. David Lindsay-Abaire has been brought in to re-write on the script, which tells an origin story about the infamous Wizard of Oz, based on pieces from several other L. Frank Baum books as well as his original ideas. Robert Downey, Jr. hasn't finalized a deal to play the Wizard himself, but apparently the chances of his commitment are quite good.

Production is slated to start next year after Raimi made a decision between this Disney property and the epic video game adaptation World of Warcraft. Downey's involvement as of late seemed to be contingent on Raimi's involvement with the project, so with this commitment, it sounds like we'll see this amazing collaboration come to fruition after all. Writer Lindsay-Abaire apparently worked with Raimi on the script for the fourth Spider-Man film before that project completely fell apart. As leery as I was about taking the yellow-brick road back to Oz, the talent involved is certainly enough to change my mind. What do you guys think?

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Bruce Campbell for Oz.

Paul on Oct 6, 2010

2 simply just don't do it for me anymore. Not thrilled, heck, the whole plot for this movie has me gearing up for one gigantic yawn. Im just so effing tired of "origin" movies. I hate to hate, but this just seems underwhelming.

Voice of Reason on Oct 6, 2010


I wish I weren't so much of a Raimi fanboy.. I'll see it.

Dan on Oct 6, 2010


ugh, well lets hope this will be bad enough to force him to retirement......

Jericho on Oct 6, 2010


i loved "drag me to hell".......thought it was great fun. if i'd have to pick a director for this - it'd be raimi or burton.

beavis on Oct 6, 2010


I wonder if he will read the source material this time.

Clover on Oct 6, 2010


I'm sure he will do a good job! He is very good at everything he does. Sam Raimi is amazing.

ndragon13 on Oct 6, 2010


I hope this means he isn't doing the WOW movie. Never liked the idea of him being involved. He feels the need too often to through some comedy in there. Not the kind of WOW film I'd like to see.

Bryanmakeup on Oct 7, 2010


no warcraft movie ;_;

anon on Jan 11, 2011


Can't wait to see what Raimi does for OZ! He is making history with this Raimi  is so great! This will be in IMAX and 3D so friggin excited!!

Ericmjames69 on Dec 11, 2011

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