Robert Downey, Jr. Expected to Get the Good Witch's Stanky on his Hang Low
The Hollywood Cog is keeping me busy over the last 24 hours, offering up details on a new JJ Abrams project, Robin Wright's directorial debut, and steamy plot details on Sam Raimi and Robert Downey's Oz the Great and Powerful.
Infinitely Polar Bear
J.J. Abrams is producing yet another movie, in addition to the soon-to-be released Morning Glory, Men Making Music, and Mission Impossible IV (and, of course, he's also directing Super 8). The title, Infinitely Polar Bear, certainly rings of typical Abrams, but the plot itself has nothing to do with polar bears. It's about a bipolar man who attempts to hold onto his stability in order to take care of his two daughters while their mother does her best to start a career. Maya Forbes, who wrote Monsters vs. Aliens and The Rocker, is making her directorial debut with the movie, which she wrote herself. Mark Ruffalo is being tossed around as a candidate for the manic-depressive lead, who is hospitalized and has to attempt to make amends with his two children and the wife that left him.
Robin Wright, who recently signed on to play Erika Berger in David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo is also eying her first foray into directing. She looks to direct The Archivist, an indie feature about the United States' premier archivist, who loses a precious account to his ex-wife in the UK and ends up desperately trying to win back the account, and eventually, his wife. Ann Cherkis (The Secret) wrote the script, and an offer has been made to Colin Firth to take the lead role. Michael Stipe is producing. (Yes, that one.)
Oz the Great and Powerful
We now know for certain that Sam Raimi's next project will be Oz the Great and Powerful, a prequel of sorts to The Wizard of Oz, and that Robert Downey, Jr., though it's not official, is expected to take the lead. We also knew that the movie would focus on a younger wizard, and his origins in the Land of Oz. Thanks to the Hollywood Cog, we now know quite a few details about Mitchell Kapner's story, which would have the Wizard -- a snake-oil salesman posing as a magician -- enter Oz via a hot-air balloon, which he uses to escape an angry husband who has found out that Oz slept with his wife. There, Oz -- a fast-talking huckster who wears a velveteen frock coat (yes, I can see that) -- falls in love with Glinda (the Good Witch), and the two combine forces to Fight the Evil Witches Evanora and Theodora. Theodora starts out as a good witch, but after Oz jilts her sexual advances, Evanora -- the truly evil witch -- convinces Theodora to become an evil witch with her and help her to rule all of Oz. Both Evanora and Theodora are described as incredibly attractive, seductive women, and Theodora likes to wear black, thigh-high boots. What is this? Oz porn?
I'll take it.
You know what would make Oz the Great and Powerful even better? If it were R-Rated, because the opportunities for RDJ sex scenes sound endless. In either respect, the character certainly suggests a Robert Downey, Jr. type. It'd be fun to see someone like Kate Winslet in the Glinda role.
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