So after receiving moderate to solid reviews, and tracking projecting a possible $100 million weekend, Disney has already begun prepping a sequel to Sam Raimi’s Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz the Great and Powerful, meaning that we likely have to spend another two to three years not seeing films from Raimi like Evil Dead or Drag Me to Hell. So it goes.
Despite the fact that Oz the Great and Powerful is only just today being released, as Cinema Blend notes, it is a candy-colored CGI fantasia in the mold of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, which raked in about a billion dollars worth of frustrated parents’ money. So, combine those grosses with a beloved fantasy series (Oz), and, well, you do the math.
As such, Disney has already drafted writer Mitchell Kapner (The Whole Nine Yards, Romeo Must Die) to pen the script, which will be a direct sequel to Oz the Great and Powerful. That said, it is unknown as to whether or not Raimi will return to helm.
Also of note is the fact that the sequel cannot be a remake of The Wizard of Oz, as that film is owned by MGM (the original novel upon which it is based, however, is public domain).
Will you be visiting Oz this weekend?
Source: Cinema Blend