UPDATE: Deadline now reports that Sam Raimi has signed on to direct Robert Downey Jr. in Disney's Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz: The Great and Powerful. The deal was finalized last night, making this Raimi's first directorial project since leaving Spider-Man 4. See our original post, written by Christopher Campbell, below ...

Ever since Sam Mendes told Disney he wouldn't direct the Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz, the Great and Powerful, a number of filmmakers have been linked to the project as possible substitutes. Even Guillermo del Toro was rumored to be considered. But now Vulture reports that Sam Raimi has been officially offered the gig, as of Friday morning. If he accepts, the Spider-Man trilogy director would team up with Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr., who has long been set to play the titular "wizard" for the origin story, which has been scripted by Mitchell Kapner (The Whole Nine Yards). Disney apparently wants to get this going soon, which makes sense given there are about a billion other Oz-based films in the works at various studios, so it would likely be his next film.

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