Sam Mendes and Robert Downey Jr. May Team-Up for OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

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Director Sam Mendes may direct Oz The Great and Powerful with Robert Downey Jr. in talks to play the Wizard.  Production Weekly tweets that the two are circling the project written by Mitchell Kapner (The Whole Nine Yards).  According to a 24 Frames article last month [via Pajiba's Twitter], the project (originally titled Brick), is, “based on pieces from several other L. Frank Baum “Oz” books as well as his original ideas.  In this version, the wizard is a charlatan who’s part of a traveling circus but goes on a similar odyssey as Dorothy when he mysteriously lands in Oz.  This Wizard of Oz project is set up at Disney and is competing against two projects at Warner Bros. (Oz, and a second project about Dorthy’s granddaughter who returns to Oz to fight evil) and Universal’s adaptation of the musical Wicked.

Mendes now has free time after Bond 23 was put on ice, although he may go back to do an adaptation of the comic book Preacher.   As for Downey, he’s set for Sherlock Holmes 2 and may star in Alfonso Cuaron’s sci-fi film Gravity.




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    Interesting post. I have made a twitter post about this. Others no doubt will like it like I did.

  • http://ncjl.wordpress.com/ izikavazo

    They're adapting the musical Wicked and not the book? That's unfortunate.
    I'd be down for some other L. Frank Baum stories.

  • http://ncjl.wordpress.com/ izikavazo

    They're adapting the musical Wicked and not the book? That's unfortunate.
    I'd be down for some other L. Frank Baum stories.

  • travelingheb09

    Kapner isnt using Wicked at all. hes using parts of L. Frank Baum as well as his own ideas. and kapner is a brilliant writer, this is his first chance getting to show hollywood what he can really do. top directors are fighting for this along with the best actors and actresses in hollywood.

  • http://ncjl.wordpress.com/ izikavazo

    Yeah, sorry, I wasn't clear. I was just responding to the part about the Wicked adaptation at the end of the first paragraph.

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