Sam Raimi Opts For ‘Oz’ Before ‘WarCraft’ Movie

Sam Raimi had a few decisions to make this year, thanks to a Spider-Man movie franchise reboot that raised questions about whether or not his “WarCraft” movie would become his new priority. It looks like Disney’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful” won out in the end, however, meaning “WarCraft” won’t be getting his full attention in the new year.

Raimi committed to doing “Oz” next and starting production sometime in 2011, according to a Deadline report. Oddly enough, Raimi hooked up with the new movie after Guillermo del Toro declined to direct it. Meanwhile, del Toro has been looking for new video game projects to work on rather than leaving old ones behind.

Hopefully Raimi hasn’t parted ways altogether with “WarCraft.” He seemed like a golden choice to oversee the film, but Legendary Pictures will have to be patient with him if they want to hold their current team together.

If del Toro didn’t have a lifetime’s worth of announced work in front of him already, I’d say someone should give him a call, but as it stands it wouldn’t hurt for Legendary to keep their options open should Raimi move on completely. Kenneth Branagh’s “Thor” will be coming out next year, and if it manages to stir up some thunder (no pun intended), he could be worth penciling in for a meeting if he’s interested.

Who would you like to see direct the “WarCraft” movie if Sam Raimi can’t do it? Would you like to see him stick with it even if he can’t commit until after “Oz” is done? Share your responses with us in the comment section below.