Raimi Sets “Oz” Prequel Next, Gets New Draft

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire has been hired to rewrite “Oz: The Great and Powerful” at Disney Pictures according to Deadline New York.

Though not officially attached and having previously turned down the part, Robert Downey Jr. is still looking likely to star in the film which follows how a circus wrangler gets mysteriously transported to the Land of Oz and became the eponymous ‘Wizard’, ruler of the Emerald City.

Mitchell Kapner penned the previous draft of the script, one of at least a half dozen projects based on L. Frank Baum’s classic literary property currently in the works including a musical, an animated musical, a CG-animated feature, a dark & twisted take and a sequel.

Lindsay-Abaire’s hiring comes as the project moves forward faster than originally thought. ‘Oz’ is now set to be “Spider-Man” filmmaker Sam Raimi’s next directing project with shooting to kick off early next year. As a result Raimi’s plans to helm a “World of Warcraft” film have been pushed back until ‘Oz’ is finished.