Sam Raimi to Direct Wizard of Oz Prequel?

Ever since Sam Raimi parted ways with the Spider-Man franchise, everyone has been anxiously waiting to see what he might choose for his next project. World of Warcraft is the only major movie that he is officially attached to direct, but there have been plenty of rumoured possibilities including a new version of The Shadow. This week, however, a new option has emerged, and it is one of the many competing projects based on The Wizard of Oz aiming to start production sometime this year.

According to Vulture, an offer is currently out to Sam Raimi to direct a movie called Oz, the Great and Powerful for Disney. This is not the movie based on Todd McFarlane’s Twisted Land of Oz toy line, and it’s not the one written by Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After). This is a prequel of sorts that has apparently been penned by Mitchell Kapner (The Whole Nine Yards, Romeo Must Die) that explores the rise to power of the great wizard himself.

Sam Mendes was rumoured to be directing at one point, and there is talk that Robert Downey Jr. might play the lead role. As for Raimi, he apparently has yet to respond to the offer, but it does seem like an interesting possibility for him. We have yet to see him direct anything in the realm of fantasy (except perhaps Army of Darkness), but it certainly seems like we’re going to get that from him one way or another. What do you think, is this a good choice for Sam Raimi’s next project, or is there something else you’d rather see him do?

  • rob

    i know alice in wonderland film did well with family audiences

    im not so sure that Oz would bring the same scale of audience. Mainly because Alice is a book and can be read to children whilst Oz is a film and i remember finding parts of the film scary, (and compared to the colourfull fluffed up versions that Hollywood pump out) Horrifying!

    although with enough adverts and posters and trailers placed in the right places this could do just as well as Alice