"Disney [hired] Sam Raimi as director of Oz, the Great and Powerful.
The project, a prequel to the classic Wizard of Oz story, would focus on the character of the Wizard himself and his humble beginnings in Omaha, leading to the balloon accident that leaves him stranded in Oz.
Many directors [were] rumored in conjunction with the film, including Sam Mendes, Adam Shankman and Guillermo del Toro."
I'm not a huge fan of Wizard of Oz. Not that I'm scared of the monkeys. I do appreciate the technical achievements that changed the film industry, though.
I think Sam Raimi can make Oz cool.
"The film will be developed as a vehicle for Robert Downey Jr. to star in. The script will be rewritten."