Sam Raimi to direct 3D Wizard of Oz with Robert Downey

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06.15.10 23 Comments

According to Deadline, Disney made a deal last night with Sam Raimi (who last dropped out of Sony’s Spider-Man 4, prompting them to greenlight a muppet-babies reboot of the whole franchise) to direct a 3D prequel to Wizard of Oz.  In other news, every time I type “3D prequel to Wizard of Oz” I feel like my nose should be in a pile of cocaine.

It’s a coup for new studio bosses Rich Ross and Sean Bailey, who are rolling the dice big-time by hoping that this pic will be a global hit like the billion-dollar-grossing Alice In Wonderland. Downey will play the Wizard Of Oz before he became the Wizard Of Oz circa the 1939 iconic film: he’s in fact a circus wrangler transported by tornado to the mysterious world of Oz where he gets mistaken for a know-it-all.  Now the only question is whether Sam Raimi can do what Tim Burton just did.

Dear Sam Raimi: Please do NOT do what Tim Burton just did.  Anyway, knowing Raimi’s filming origin stories for all the Oz characters just makes me hope he’ll go back to Evil Dead/Drag Me to Hell mode and shoot a scene where Robert Downey RIPS OUT A LION’S F*CKING HEART!! OOH WAH-AH  AH AH!

Yeah… That would be pretty boss.  (*spits Skoal into Gatorade bottle, adjusts crotch*)

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