Thigh-Highed Mila Kunislingus to Seduce James Franco in OZ Prequel Plus 6 Other Stories That Will Make Your Geek Vein Throb
Last year, Sam Raimi dedicated himself to the one of many Oz related projects now in development, Oz the Great and Powerful, a prequel to The Wizard of Oz that would focus on The Wizard and his formative relationship with the Oz witches, Theodorah and Evanorah. At the time, Robert Downey, Jr. was attached to play the Wizard, but he has since dropped out of the project, and James Franco has come aboard. Now, Vulture reports that Mila Kunis is set to leave the Hughes’ Brothers live-action Akira remake to instead take the part of Theodorah in Oz the Great and Powerful. That’s swell enough, but if you combine it with the plot details that the Hollywood Cog dug up on the prequel, it gets even better:
Oz the Great and Powerful would have the Wizard (Franco) — 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 — 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 (Kunis) likes to wear black, thigh-high boots.
Those details ring eve more true now with Kunis on board, don’t they?
Speaking of that live-action Akira that Kunis passed on (as did James Franco, reportedly), word from Vulture is that Brad Pitt was also offered the lead role of Kaneda, who it might be noted is a 22-year-old character. Pitt is 47. Pitt passed on the role because he’s not a moron, which leaves the Hughes Brothers’ adaptation is serious jeopardy, to the delight of many a fanperson, I’m sure.
In other geeky news, it’s now been confirmed according to Deadline that Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) will indeed be reteaming with Robert Downey, Jr. and taking over Iron Man 3 from departed director Jon Favreau. Whether Black also writes the script is still an open question. Either way, after Iron Man 2, this is about the only way I could get excited for it again.
Director Guillermo del Toro, who develops a dozen films a year but never actually fucking directs one, is now developing an “edgier” version of Pinochio in collaboration with the Jim Henson Company, according to Deadline. It will be a darker, scarier version than Disney’s, aimed at the 10 and above crowd, because anything suitable for a 10-year-old must be terrifying.
I’d be a lot more excited about this if I knew it’d actually happen. But del Toro has the attention span of a gnat, and he’ll be enthusiastic about this project until next week, when he decided to develop a nightmare version of Winnie the Pooh.
Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, another one of those ironic genre mash-ups the kids are so excited about these days, has now found its Mary Todd. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) will take the role, opposite Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln. If Bekmambetov can beat Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to theaters, maybe this whole fad will die before PP&Z actually gets off the ground.
I think this has been announced half a dozen times, but according to Variety, MGM is again developing a Robocop remake, along with remakes of Poltergeist and Mr. Mom. I wouldn’t get too worked up about it yet, though. You never know when MGM might go bankrupt again.
It’s official now, according to a press release received by JoBlo.com: Disney is moving ahead with its direct-to-DVD spin-off of Cars with a movie called Planes. The twist? Pixar has nothing to do with it.