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The Small Screen: Steve Zailian & Richard Price Remaking BBC Hit 'Criminal Justice' For HBO

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 21, 2011 3:02 AM
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Plus David S. Goyer Adapting Comic '100 Bullets' For Showtime, And Sam Raimi's 'Noir' Greenlit By StarzWhen what would otherwise be a sure-fire Oscar contender teaming Todd Haynes and Kate Winslet ends up as a five-hour miniseries, when the season finale of "Game of Thrones" is the talk of the town, and when Darren Aronofsky follows up his most successful film to date with a TV pilot written by a Pulitzer Prize-winner, you know that the idea that TV as a lesser medium is long gone. In the last six months alone, names like Gus Van Sant, Mark Romanek, Jody Hill, Tom Hanks, Neil Gaiman, Aaron Sorkin, Scott Rudin, David Hare, Zooey Deschanel, Robert Towne, Michael Mann, Ron Howard, Javier Bardem, David Fincher and Kevin Spacey have all been working on TV shows to one degree on another.

Danny Elfman Makes Peace With Sam Raimi To Score 'Oz The Great and Powerful'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 20, 2011 12:55 PM
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Composer Also In Talks For 'The Hunger Games'Update: Movies.com confirms that Danny Elfman will be scoring "The Hunger Games" with T. Bone Burnett. That's pretty awesome.

Rumor: Tim Burton, Sam Raimi, Shawn Levy Among Depressing Choices To Helm Inevitable 'Pirates 5'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 2, 2011 1:02 AM
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Chris Weitz, Alfonso Cuaron Also Allegedly In The Running"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" might have made the much-mocked second and third Gore Verbinski-helmed entries in the series look like masterpieces in comparison, but audiences don't seem to care much -- especially internationally, moviegoers love them some Johnny Depp and it's already raked in a staggering $650 million in less than two weeks in release. Inevitably, this means that talk is turning to a fifth installment, a script for which has already been commissioned by Disney from Terry Rossio, who with partner Ted Elliott wrote all four installments to date.

Michelle Williams To Make Tentpole Debut As Good Witch Glinda In 'Oz The Great & Powerful'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2011 10:32 AM
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Well, while we might roll our eyes slightly when it comes to the idea of "Oz The Great & Powerful," a prequel to classic "The Wizard of Oz," it's hard to deny that director Sam Raimi has landed a mightily impressive cast. The "Spider-Man" helmer might have lost Robert Downey Jr., who was originally intended for the lead role of Oscar Diggs (aka Oz), a conman who ends up being transported to the magical land seen in the 1939 Judy Garland musical, and becomes embroiled in a conflict between three witches, but he managed to replace him with newly anointed Oscar-nominee James Franco.

Sam Raimi Wants Hilary Swank, Disney Eyes Michelle Williams For 'Oz: The Great And Powerful'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2011 4:47 AM
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While Sam Raimi and Disney are walking together down the yellow brick road to "Oz: The Great and Powerful," it looks like the director and studio may start picking up those bricks and throwing them at each other.

Bruce Campbell Says 'Evil Dead' Remake Script Is "Awesome," He Might Have A Role In It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2011 3:43 AM
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A remake or sequel to Sam Raimi's cult favorite "The Evil Dead" has been knocking around for years now, moving in fits and starts but never really getting anywhere. And while we're probably not much closer to it, fans can't help but ask about the film anytime Bruce Campbell or Raimi hit the press circuit. Back in January, the Guardian reported that Raimi's longtime producing partner Rob Tapert said, "we're looking at a script this month. What's interesting about 'Evil Dead' is very few people saw it in the format we made it for, which is for the [movie] theater. I think Sam wants to embrace the ultimate experience in grueling terror."

James Franco Locks In To Visit 'Oz: The Great And Powerful'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2011 5:03 AM
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We'll say this: it's kind of amazing the amount of buzz James Franco -- aka The Franco -- has managed to create for himself. It's the kind of chatter and publicity most stars would love to have, but it's all the more remarkable considering that it's only after this weekend when he hosts the Oscars that James Franco will become something of a household name. Sure, he had a co-starring role in the "Spider-Man" films but other than that, he hasn't really toplined a major franchise. But that's all about to change. Later this year he will fight the "Rise of the Apes" and now Deadline reports that the ink is pretty much dry on earlier talks that will find the actor reteaming with Sam Raimi for "Oz: The Great and Powerful."

Mila Kunis Allegedly Walks Away From 'Akira' To Star In 'Oz: The Great And Powerful'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 17, 2011 11:08 AM
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James Franco Also Apparently Locked For The FilmUpdate: Variety confirms that Mila Kunis has closed the deal to star in "Oz The Great And Powerful." She will be taking the role of Theodora, a good witch whose advances are rebuffed by Franco's character. She subsequently decides to help her evil sister Evanora rule Oz. Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams, Kate Beckinsale, Keira Knightley and Rebecca Hall are among those being listed as contenders for the sister roles.

James Franco In Talks To Lead Sam Raimi's 'Oz: The Great And Powerful'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 5, 2011 12:45 AM
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Man of the moment James Franco is reportedly in early talks to take the lead role in Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful," a quasi-prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," after Robert Downey Jr. bailed on the role and Johnny Depp passed after early discussions.

Robert Downey Leaves 'Oz The Great And Powerful,' Johnny Depp To Take Over?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 20, 2011 3:30 AM
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Like baseball cards, these A-List actors are. Robert Downey Jr. is backing out of Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great And Powerful" but the production may have secured a killer replacement in Johnny Depp, currently in discussions to fill Tony Stark's shoes. Sets and effects are already being worked on, with a start date eyed for later this year, so the production is looking to hit the ground running, and it appears Downey just might be too busy to accommodate Disney's hustle.

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