As we reported yesterday Disney is putting all of its eggs in one basket for Oz: The Great And Powerful. It was reported yesterday on the eve of the film’s release that all of the film’s stars were signed on for possible future sequels. It was a promising direction for the possibility of a franchise but not something that was completely certain.
It looks like Disney really is taking baby steps to set up a sequel. With that in mind, Oz has a few more hurdles to jump over such as critical response, which up to this point has been mixed, and a powerful box office debut. No doubt, Oz will conquer at the box office as the film has already made $2 million on its midnight showings, so this might actually work. At least now we have a bit more concrete to that confirmation that Disney does indeed plan to go forward, at least so much that they’re already developing a script for Oz: The Great And Powerful’s sequel.
It’s been reported by Variety that Disney has already hired screenwriter Mitchell Kapner to work on the script to the sequel. Kapner took a shared writer’s credit with David Lindsay-Abaire for Oz: The Great And Powerful, and we’re pretty sure producer Joe Roth is still on board.
So far there hasn’t been any plot details for the sequel announced, but, with MGM still being the sole owner of the original The Wizard of Oz film, it’s safe to say we still won’t be seeing any ruby slippers or hearing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” This sequel will most likely follow Oscar “Oz” Diggs for his next chapter, which will allow the sequel to skirt around the beloved characters of the original series. If they follow the formula of the first film, the sequel will still be rooted in L Frank Baum’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
The question of director Sam Raimi’s involvement is still completely up in the air, as it hasn’t been mentioned whether or not he will be directing the sequel. Earlier we reported that Raimi said he had no plans to direct the sequel and had other projects in mind. The Oz sequel can still go off without a hitch without Raimi, but we find it hard to believe a director with such deep roots to Oz would completely dismiss the idea of coming on board again, especially with the support of his actors. Actress Michelle Williams had said about Raimi’s involvement in future installments: “Wherever Sam goes, I’ll go. I’d do anything Sam asks me to do. I’d get stuck in quicksand with him.”
Raimi’s involvement could possibly make or break the second film. Although Raimi has other commitments, other directors have pulled off loading their plate up with a franchise and other films, notably Christopher Nolan, who took on the world of Batman, while breaking for sci-fi favorite Inception. If Raimi signs on again this won’t be the first time he’s been persuaded to finish out a franchise, as the director has the original Spiderman series already under his belt.
Would you be interested in an Oz: The Great and Powerful sequel?