There’s talk that a $105 million movie production will be filmed at a huge new studio in Pontiac. The unnamed movie is rumored to be “Oz: The Great and Powerful”, a Disney prequel to the classic “Wizard of Oz”. Michigan native Sam Raimi would direct and Johnny Depp is negotiating for the lead role. The movie will explain how the Wizard wound up in the Land of Oz before Dorothy and her three friends sought him out.
- To give the movie some local flavor, they’re renaming one of the songs, “Follow the Yellow Brick Pothole”.
- The part of the Cowardly Lion will be played by Matt Millen.