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Report: Sam Raimi and Harry Osborn will reunite for “Oz: The Great and Powerful”…

While actor, James Franco, is busy preparing for this Sunday night’s Oscars with Anne Hathaway, Franco has signed on to “Oz: The Great & Powerful”, the prequel to “Wizard of Oz” directed by Sam Raimi. This will be the fourth time Raimi will work with Franco, as Franco played Harry Osborn, in the “Spiderman” trilogy.

James Franco’s latest film is “127 Hours” which is about the real life mountain man, Aron Ralston, who was trapped in a cliff.

Deadline, reports.

Great choice! I think Franco is a talented man. I would like him to get Best Actor award for “127 Hours” at the Oscars this Sunday, but it’s probably gonna go to Colin Firth.

Kev

 

Report: *sigh* Robert Zemeckis eyes “Wizard of Oz” remake!

Oh man! Not the original “Wizard of Oz”! It doesn’t need a remake! Warner Bros. is in talks with Robert Zemeckis to direct a live action remake, of the “Wizard of Oz”. They plan to use the original 1939 script that Warner Bros. owns. They own the script because it came with the MGM library that WB’s bought off of Ted Turner. The script was written by Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, and Edgar Allan Woolf.

Disney is developing a prequel titled, “Oz: The Great and Powerful” to be directed by Sam Raimi.

See the article at Deadline, here.

Who would want to see a “Wizard of Oz”, remake? They’re probably gonna get Amy Adams as Dorothy since Amy can sing. Will Tom Hanks be the Scarecrow, Tin Man or the Cowardly Lioin?

Kev

Report: Sam Raimi will finally get right to work on “Oz: The Great and Powerful” next…

Sam Raimi is finally ready to start filming, “Oz: The Great and Powerful”. The former, “Spiderman” director has already let Disney know that he’s ready to film it very soon. They still hope Robert Downey Jr., will be up for the leading role as the Wizard and it’s looking like Downey will be up for the role.  See the article here at, Deadline.

Hmmmm, I still wonder if Sam’s take on “Wizard of Oz” will be dark or will it be a happy film for children or a little bit of both. There’s gotta be a reason why Disney wanted Sam Raimi for this ’cause maybe there is a lot of dark and horror fiction related material in the script?

Kev

BREAKING NEWS: Sam Raimi officially signs on to “Oz: The Great & Powerful”!!!! Robert Downey Jr. in talks to play the leading role…

Walt Disney studios wanted him, they GOT HIM! Well, look like Sam Raimi says yes, to the “Wizard of Oz” prequel after all ’cause he just signed his name on the contract, making it official.

Disney is in talks with Robert Downey Jr. to play, the Wizard of Oz, who was originally played by Frank Morgan. The film will be strictly about Oz. It will tell the story of how Oz landed in that area where Dorothy once visited, and how he became  a Wizard, and all that.

I’m sure Sam Raimi will talk to us more about his idea for the film. Will we see some of the original characters back? Definitely not Dorothy ’cause like I said it wouldn’t work. Maybe the return of the Wicked Witch of the West too? Will we see the return of the dancing and singing, Munchkins? Will the film be dark? Will it be family friendly for the kids? Lots of questions that need to be answered, Mr. Raimi! I’m sure will get answered soon.

Bruce Campbell, I’m sure will be involved with the film. Maybe he’ll have some kind of role in it, too? Hopefully. Sam and Bruce have been best friends for years. Bruce had a cameo role in almost every Sam Raimi flick.

Anyway, looking forward to this project ’cause this is sounding very interesting to me already!

Deadline reports:

http://www.deadline.com/2010/06/sam-raimi-hired-to-direct-downey-in-oz/

Kev