Sam Raimi Commits to Oz, the Great and Powerful
10.07.10 by Ryan
Sam Raimi is certainly making up for the hole in his schedule left by his departure from Spider-Man 4. Raimi recently added the sci-fi invasion movie EDF to his producing schedule, and he is considering several other movies for his next project: A reboot of The Shadow (Raimi is set to produce already); an adaptation of the popular video game World of Warcraft; the comic book adaptation of Radical Studios' Earp: Saints for Sinners; and Oz: The Great and Powerful, a prequel to The Wizard of Oz.
Deadline now reports that Disney has convinced Raimi to direct Oz as his next project. The studio has also hired David Lindsay-Abaire, who, at one point, was writing the script for Spider-Man 4.
Disney is also hoping to put Oz into production by next year, with Robert Downey Jr. possibly set to star as the title character. While Downey isn't "locked" into the movie, the report claims that "it's looking good" for the actor to commit to the role.