James Franco Now in Early Talks for 'Oz: The Great and Powerful'
Sure he's now an Oscar nominated actor for his performance in 127 Hours, but with all the projects we hear about involving James Franco, I have to say that I wish he'd disappear from the news cycle for 127 hours. However, this new project isn't another indie that he's considering directing like the plethora of other films he might have lined up. This time around Heat Vision has Franco pegged to be in early talks for Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great & Powerful, an origin story about the infamous Wizard of Oz. Last month Robert Downey Jr. fell away from the movie and while Johnny Depp was next in line, he has since passed on the project.
Franco is no stranger to working with Raimi having played Spidey's friend/foe Harry Osborn in all three of the director's Spider-Man movies of past. If anything, it's his almost otherworldly/wacky performance in Spider-Man 3 that convinces me Fraco could pull this one off. The origin tale follows the Wizard back when he was a young illusionist with a grandiose attitude who is forced to flee a traveling circus. His life takes an interesting turn when his hot air balloon is swept up by a tornado to the land of Oz, then run by two magical wicked witches. It's not the only Wizard of Oz-related film in the works, but Warner Bros has been trying to push forward as much as possible recently, so they may make it out of the gates first, but only time will tell.
But of course, no deal is officially in place yet, and Franco could just as easily fall away from the project. I'd really like to see this movie finally come together sooner than later, but so far it's been quite an uphill battle, and development has been moving more slowly recently. Do you guys like James Franco for this role?