Sam Mendes looking at Robert Downey Jr. to play the wizard in Oz prequel
Posted by: Brad Sturdivant
How about this to start your day; Disney is in talks with Sam Mendes to direct a prequel to THE WIZARD OF OZ with Robert Downey Jr. already being offered the lead role of the Wizard. Word has it that the film is being fast tracked at Disney and with Mendes and Downey already in talks, it’s no wonder they’re excited about this. Sam Mendes was attached to direct the next James Bond movie, but with MGM effectively halting the film, it looks like he’s keen to jump on another high profile movie.
The film, called OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, tells the early story of the Wizard from the famous story. The script was written by Mitchell Kapner and follows the Wizard when he was part of a traveling circus and then how he tricked his way to attaining the status of the land’s wisest man. There are several Wizard of Oz films that have been tossed around over the years, but with Downey and Mendes on this one, I think this moves to the top of the most anticipated list.