It’s official: Sam Raimi is on board to direct Disney’s Wizard of Oz prequel. Robert Downey Jr. has also been confirmed, and will play the titular Wizard. The film will explore the character’s rise from a circus wrangler in Kansas to a great and powerful sorcerer in the land of Oz.
Based on the success of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, Disney has high hopes for the prequel. Like Alice, Oz is a new spin on a classic children’s tale and will be shot in 3D. But unlike Alice, Oz will not be eerily similar to every other film Tim Burton has ever made. (Deadline)