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Confirmed, Sam Raimi to Direct 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

June 16, 2010, 3:43 am GMT

Latest report mentions the 'Spider-Man' helmer has accepted the job to work on the 'Wizard of Oz' prequel.

Sam Raimi

Sam Raimi is reportedly on board to direct "Oz the Great and Powerful". Following news that he was in negotiations to serve behind the cameras for the upcoming film, Deadline Hollywood has reported on Tuesday, June 15 that the talks have been turned into a finalized deal.

The site also says that Robert Downey Jr. is attached to the project but he isn't set yet. "They are going to develop for him [Downey Jr.], if things go right. The script will be rewritten," a source tells Deadline. "The movie will happen, though."

"Oz the Great and Powerful" has a script written by Mitchell Kapner. The story follows Oz as he is transported to Oz from Kansas, and details how he comes to be the power seen in "The Wizard of Oz".

Sam Raimi is best known for directing three "Spider-Man" films starring Tobey Maguire. He also found success as the producer of TV series "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior Princess". His latest directed movie is 2009 "Drag Me to Hell".

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