Will Sam Mendes and Robert Downey Jr. follow the yellow brick road?

Now this is a match made in cinematic heaven, and much thanks to Theresa Z for sharing this link with me.

Production Weekly tweeted about  a film in development called ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ with Sam Mendes being the top choice for director, and Robert Downey vying for the part of the wizard.  No word on how true this all is but Cinema Blend seems to have an inkling:

That’s about all the detail the tweet provides (damn 140 character limit), but, odds are, it’s Mitchell Kapner’s Wizard origin story, Brick, with a new title. The fact that this news surfaced post Alice in Wonderland’s massive success suggests that Oz The Great And Powerful could take the classic into darker and more experimental territory.

This seems likely and its something that I can get on board with.  In my opinion, there’s only two people who can pull off the role of Wizard  and that’s Robert Downey Jr or Johnny Depp.  And Sam Mendes has free time on his hands now that ‘Bond 23’ is at a stand still and he backed out of directing ‘Preacher’ earlier this month.

I’ll make sure to keep an eye out on this one. Add it to the growing list.

news source: Cinema Blend

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