Sultry Story Details Arrive for RDJ's 'Oz the Great and Powerful'
It was officially confirmed last week that Sam Raimi's next directing gig will indeed by Oz the Great and Powerful, a sort of faux-prequel to The Wizard of Oz about how the wizard arrived in Oz and became the deceptively powerful ruler. I'm excited to see this, just because I love Raimi's style and I know he'll do great things with a fun story like this. And speaking of the story, Pajiba has uncovered details about the plot of Oz the Great and Powerful and it involves a lot of sexual tension, but that makes this quite enticing, especially knowing that Robert Downey Jr. is still supposedly attached to star in the film as the Wizard. Read on!
Here's the description from Pajiba, but as always, if you want to stay fresh on this going on, don't read on:
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.
I actually really like the sound of this, it's edgy, kind of exciting (in more ways than one), and it'll give some beautiful actresses (at least three of them?) the chance to shine in a Sam Raimi genre picture. With Downey Jr's crazy schedule over the next few years, including Sherlock Holmes 2, Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity and The Avengers, we're not sure how soon this will shoot or if he'll even stay on-board, but I hope he does. Other than that, no cast members have been announced yet, but I'm sure Raimi is in pre-production and will start work on casting soon enough. With WB's release of The Wizard of Oz on Blu-Ray, I've wondering when we'd actually get a film that delves into that world again, but this may be it. We'll keep you updated! Thoughts?