Apparently we weren’t the only five-year-olds intrigued by that wish-granting wiz behind a projector and smoke machine! The LA Times is reporting that Disney is itching to tell the oft-overlooked wizard’s tale of his life pre-Emerald City, with comeback kid Robert Downey Jr. in the starring role. The Great Powerful script is said to present a much darker, deeper wizard than the sillier character in the 1939 musical. If RD Jr.’s stellar performances as Tony Stark and Sherlock Holmes are any indication, this wizard is bound to be twinkly-eyed, charming, and totally captivating.
The two very different directors in contention are Alan Shankman (Hairspray) and Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road). If all the pieces come together as planned, Disney would like to start shooting as early as next spring. Fingers crossed (and heels a’clickin’) for Downey! [Source: LA Times]