Sam Raimi to direct young Wizard of Oz
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According to SciFi Wire:[indent]Sam Raimi has signed to direct Oz, the Great and Powerful for Disney, according to Deadline. The 3-D prequel to the original Wizard of Oz (it's kind of hard to write that, actually) will start with the character in his pre-wizarding days, when he's just a circus performer who suddenly gets whisked away in a hot air balloon by a tornado to the land of Oz and ... well, you can figure out the rest, right?

Raimi apparently beat out candidates like Sam Mendes, Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and even Guillermo del Toro for the job. Robert Downey Jr. has been heavily rumored to star in the film but has not confirmed his involvement yet. A source told Deadline, "They are going to develop [the movie] for him, if things go right. The script will be rewritten."[/indent]

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Interesting. I wonder how closely it will follow the ideas in Baum's books? I'm guessing not very.
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But since the story is set in the Wizard's youth they probably don't have much material to be faithful to. I don't remember how many of the books I have read (there are 14 altogether) but I never really came across much information about him.
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There's some biographical data on him at this Oz Wiki, but almost all of it is about his life post-arrival in Oz. Basically the stuff where Ozma is hidden away.

But this will surely be a fantasy vehicle for whoever the star is, much like Depp as the warrior-Mad Hatter in the recent Alice.
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Michael Wrote:I don't remember how many of the books I have read (there are 14 altogether) but I never really came across much information about him.

There are a few details about him, but they're actually fairly inconsistent. The Land of Oz states that he seized power from Ozma's father while Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz states that it was the Wicked Witches who got rid of Ozma's father and the Wizard merely occupied the absent throne. There's also other little details about Oz that I wonder if they'll show: the different coloured countries for instance. Also, I wonder if it will be a musical like the 1939 film (which is a firm contender for my favourite film ever).
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august, I must have wasted 30 minutes at work looking at that wiki site. Shame on you! :lol:
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