Is Sam Raimi off to see the Wizard, the most wonderful Wizard of all? The roundabout of possible directors for Wizard of Oz prequel Oz, The Great and Powerful selects another likely candidate: according to Vulture, Sam Raimi has been offered the job. Robert Downey Jr is still rumoured to be attached to play the man who will become the Wizard. Sam Mendes, Timur Bekmambetov and Adam Shankman had all been under serious consideration, before Mendes ditched the film for On Chesil Beach and his commitments to the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical. Shankman and Bekmambetov still apparently in play, but Vulture’s sources say that Raimi has the offer. Oz, The Great and Powerful, written by Mitchell Kapner, from Disney, comes to theaters in 2013.
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