After months of ‘will he or won’t he,’ Sam Raimi has finally committed to directing Disney’s upcoming feature, Oz the Great and Powerful. According to Deadline, the director will helm the spin-off/prequel based on L. Frank Baum’s classic book series, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
The story of Oz the Great and Powerful 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. He’s a ring master who gets swept up in a tornado and lands in the mysterious world where he gets mistaken for a know-it-all. Robert Downey Jr. is attached to play the title character but hasn’t been locked into the role.
The studio has also brought on Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Lindsay-Abaire, to rewrite the script for Oz the Great and Powerful. He also adapted his award winning play Rabbit Hole for the screen with hopes of it becoming a possible Oscar contender this year.
Since this will focus solely on the Oz character, we wonder if Dorothy will make a cameo at the end? Wouldn’t it be interesting if the movie closed with him becoming the Wizard of Oz and Dorothy’s house flying by in the background? That would be an awesome homage to the original don’t you think?
What do you think of the combination of Raimi and Abaire for Oz the Great and Powerful? Are you interested in seeing the film?