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In all the times I’ve seen The Wizard of Oz, I’ve never one wondered how the wizard got there. Maybe that’s just me. Either way, the back story of the man behind the curtain who solves Dorothy and her friend’s problems is the topic of Oz the Great and Powerful, which will be director Sam Raimi’s next project. Besides the fact that Robert Downey Jr. is rumored to be attached to play the lead, we haven’t heard much about the film except that it’s a prequel to the 1939 classic and will be about the wizard coming to Oz. Well, a more detailed plot description has found its way online and I’m confident in saying this is not what anyone had in mind. Read it after the jump. Read More »

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Last time we checked in on Sam Raimi‘s possible directorial gigs, he was primarily waffling between Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful and his still-in-development World of Warcraft movie, with a possible adaptation of the comic book Earp: Saints for Sinners as a long-range backup plan. Now Raimi has reportedly committed to Oz, which will also have a rewrite from high-profile scribe David Lindsay-Abaire. Read More »

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We’ve known about the Dreamworks Animation adaptation of William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood for some time. The book series, called “a contemporary fairytale based on existing fairytale characters” has a band of unlikely characters joining forces to stop the boogeyman from plunging the world into darkness. Now we know that the film has an award-winning writer, and one who is already familiar with Dreamworks. Read More »

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Sam Raimi has been doing press for his new horror film Drag Me To Hell, which means we’ve been getting some small updates on Spider-Man 4. The director says that he’s looking to prove himself after the well criticized Spider-Man 3 mistakes.

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Sony is in final talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire to write Spider-Man 4. It’s unclear if Lindsay is doing an entirely new take on the material, or if he’s rewriting James Vanderbilt‘s recent draft. THR claims that director Sam Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst are all expected the return for the fourth film.  As expected, plot details are non existent at this point.

Most of Lindsay-Abaire’s plays center around “outsiders in search of clarity”, a view of life which no doubt formed while being a lower-class student in the prestigious boarding school. Lindsay-Abaire is known for his character work, which might mean that Sony is trying to address the problems of the third film.

The bad news is that Lindsay-Abaire has writing credits on two screenplays, Robots and Inkheart, neither of which would be considered great scripts. Lindsay-Abaire’s 2006 Broadway stage production of Rabbit Hole starred Cynthia Nixon and Tyne Daly. David also recently wrote the lyrics for Shrek The Musical. The hire of a pulitzer prize-winning writer is nothing new for the Spdier-Man series, as one of the writers on Spider-Man 2 was Michael Chabon, another Pulitzer winner.

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