A while ago Disney announced they were producing a prequel to the 1939 MGM classic The Wizard of Oz. The film is entitled Oz, The Great and Powerful and will focus on the man behind the curtain as opposed to the girl with the ruby slippers. Robert Downey Jr. is rumored to play the title character while several high profile directors have been named as possible helmers. According to a report from Vulture, the studio has officially sent out an offer to Spider-Man and Drag Me to Hell’s Sam Raimi in hopes that he’ll take on their Oz story…
Previously, Sam Mendes and Adam Shankman were rumored for the job but nothing ever materialized. The adapted story for Oz the Great and Powerful was written by Mitchell Kapner and will be produced by Alice in Wonderland’s Joe Roth. Kapner based the script on a collection of influences from L. Frank Baum’s original books as well as some ideas of his own creating a story that shows“the wizard as a charlatan who’s part of a traveling circus but goes on a similar odyssey as Dorothy when he mysteriously lands in Oz.
Close sources say it’s unclear if Raimi will accept the offer because last summer he was hired to direct the live action adaptation of the video game, World of Warcraft. We don’t know if the scheduling of that production and Oz will conflict but he should have some free time on his hands since he’s no longer directing Spider-Man.
Do you think Sam Raimi should direct the film?