The panel for Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful with a bit of a sizzle reel dedicated to his previous films (although I couldn’t spot any scenes from The Gift). Raimi then comes on stage to talk about the eponymous character (played by James Franco). This is “the story of a selfish man”, explains Raimi. The Wizard is a lothario and cad who finds Oz to be, “a land of second chances.” The film is how he learns to be a selfless man. The story starts off with the Wizard as a carnival magician in Kansas. But he’s chased out of Kansas via air balloon escape and then gets swept up into Oz.
Hit the jump for more on the Comic-Con panel for Oz the Great and Powerful. The film opens in 3D on March 8, 2013. Click here for all of our Comic-Con coverage.
“Quentin Tarantino’s The Shadow.” I like the sound of that. Pajiba reports that Tarantino is currently in discussions to direct an adaptation of the pulp superhero The Shadow if he’s not attached already. Pajiba also reports that Tarantino is also attached to co-write, which wouldn’t be a surprise since Tarantino has yet to direct a movie where he wasn’t responsible for the script. Pajiba’s source on this one is the highly-trustworthy “Hollywood Cog” and a movie based on a pulp magazine hero who “knows what evil lies in the hearts of men,” sounds like something Tarantino could work wonders with.
Of course, there are many contradicting factors to consider. Hit the jump to learn more about the project as well as a list of other films that Tarantino could also do as a follow-up to his Oscar-winning masterpiece.
With The Twilight Saga: Eclipse getting released this Wednesday, it’s time to post the exclusive interviews I did at the junket a few weeks back. Yesterday I posted my interview with screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, and today it’s director David Slade. While some may have wondered if Slade was the right person for the job, I think he made the best Twilight film yet and fans are going to love his take on the franchise.
Anyway, during the interview he talked about how he prepared for directing the film and explains how and why he shot the movie a certain way. He also talked about directing the meadow scene and if he was aware that it meant so much to the fans. Later on we addressed what fans can expect on the DVD/Blu-ray, how he literally had just finished making the movie and what he isn’t doing next (The Shadow). Hit the jump to watch the interview:
Sam Raimi is handing off the director’s chair of his film The Shadow to David Slade. According to Latino Review, five years ago, Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, the Spider-Man series) purchased the rights to the film version of the popular 1940′s radio show and pulp novels, only to really do nothing with them. Sony, who had the rights to the film, has apparently now given up on the project and sold it to Fox for one million dollars. Along with that change it would appear that 30 Days of Night director David Slade, who’s currently also working on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, will get the reigns with Raimi set to produce.
The Shadow (which already had a film version starring Alec Baldwin) is the story of a man who learns, while traveling in the orient, to hypnotize people and thus becomes invisible. Essentially the Shadow’s alter ego is a Bruce Wayne style figure, lots of money and a huge badass. Orson Wells would often voice the character in the radio shows which makes you wonder how Alec Baldwin came to playing the character. The coolest part of the character though is that he has been known to show up as a member of the DC Universe. While highly unlikely, it would be awesome to see some cool DC cameos. We’ll give you more on this story as it happens.
by Bob Starr Posted: January 29th, 2010 at 3:05 pm
With director Sam Raimi no longer directing Spider-Man, one has to wonder what he’ll be working on. Many thought he would focus on the film adaption of the popular World of Warcraft video game, but a reboot of The Shadow may be next on deck. IESB is reporting that Raimi, who was already set to produce The Shadow, may be considering directing the film as well.
I’ll admit it, the 1994 film version of The Shadow, starring Alec Baldwin as the title character, is a guilty pleasure. Sure it was super cheesy but most of the comic book films were back then, and I loved them for it. As such, the thought of Raimi, known for his often campy take on content, is a perfect match for this film in my opinion. Don’t worry though; from the sounds of it The Shadow will follow a more contemporary vision, something on par with Batman Begins.
Hit the jump for more on what we can expect from a new iteration of The Shadow.