Disney Looks to Return to Oz With OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Sequel
Disney’s fantastical trip down the yellow brick road, Oz The Great and Powerful, hits theaters tomorrow. The studio is expecting big numbers this opening weekend, which is no surprise considering the popularity of its predecessor and up-charges for IMAX and 3D. That being said, Disney is looking forward to returning to the land of Oz with a sequel. Reports suggest that screenwriter Mitchell Kapner has been commissioned by Disney to pen the screenplay for the follow-up. Oz The Great and Powerful is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, so has many options on where to go with the sequel. Also, you can read my review for the film here. Hit the jump to read more.
Directed by Sam Raimi, Oz The Great and Powerful is the prequel to the timeless classic The Wizard of Oz. Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams, Oz: The Great and Powerful is set to hit theaters in 3D on March 8th, 2013.
As per Variety, Disney has asked Mitchell Kapner, who shared writing duties with David Lindsay-Abaire on Great and Powerful, to move forward with a script for the sequel to film. A sequel to The Wizard of Oz was attempted by Disney back in 1985. Return to Oz received mixed reviews as it was widely regarded as too dark and not suitable for children – a significant change of pace from its predecessor. It’s very possible that we could see a new take on Return to Oz for the sequel.
With a great director and more than stellar cast, Disney is extremely confident that Oz The Great and Powerful will be well received by audiences producing big numbers at the box office. With the film expected to open at $80 million this weekend, it’s no surprise that Disney will want to move forward with a sequel as soon as possible. Variety had this to say:
Disney isn’t looking to wait too long to get a sequel into theaters, especially as it turns to well-established brands and characters as the basis for its high-profile tentpoles. Similar fantasy fare waiting in the wings at the studio include “Maleficent,” based on “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Cinderella.”
You can check out my favorable review of Oz The Great and Powerful here. Also, here is my verdict on the film:
Fans new to the wonderful world of Oz will find much to love in Oz The Great and Powerful, while those more familiar with its predecessor may find things to gripe about. While the film is far from perfect, there’s still much to be appreciated.
Stunning 3D visual effects are what drives Sam Raimi’s noble trip down the yellow brick road. He hasn’t created a classic like Victor Fleming, but he has conjured a form of wizardry worthy of praise.