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Cast Signed for 'Oz: The Great & Powerful' Sequel But Not Sam Raimi

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March 11, 2013
Source: Bleeding Cool, E!

Oz: The Great and Powerful

Just last week, right before Oz: The Great and Powerful hit theaters and took the top spot at the box office with just over $80 million, there was already word that Disney had commissioned writer Mitchell Kapner (co-writer of the first film) to script a sequel. At the time, we weren't sure if Sam Raimi would return as director or if cast members James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams would all return. Now we have a better idea thanks to interviews conducting on the press tour for the film as it opened all around the world. So who from Oz: The Great and Powerful will be coming back?

Unfortunately (or thankfully depending on your opinion of the film), Raimi doesn't seem himself directing the sequel. It doesn't necessarily count him out definitively, but Raimi told Bleeding Cool:

"I haven’t planned on directing the sequel. I did leave some loose ends for another director if they want to make the picture. I tried to make it a complete ending, so that the audience would be fulfilled, but I also let Evanora and Theodora get away.

I was attracted to this story but I don’t think the second one would have the thing I would need to get me interested."

As for what that thing is that Raimi would need, we're not sure. The director does say he doesn't necessarily know what direction the sequel would go, but it sounds like there was something about the first film that attracted him. But just because Raimi isn't coming back doesn't mean Disney doesn't already have a leg to stand on for the sequel. E! Online spoke with Mila Kunis, and she simply said, "We're all signed for sequels." The actress isn't specific on who "we" includes, but the principal live-action cast is probably a lock, and Zach Braff (the voice of Finley) and Joey King (China Girl) are probably included. Hopefully the sequel will venture a little further into Oz and not still feel tied to The Wizard of Oz. Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 20 Comments

1

thanks for ruining the ending

fuck on Mar 11, 2013

2

Ummm... did you not see the original Wizard of Oz yet or something?? Thats the only way their "escape" could possibly be a "surprise", given they are both killed off in the original movie as part of the MAIN PLOT LINE. ROFL!

noel beale on Mar 11, 2013

3

LOL!!!

The Truth on Mar 11, 2013

4

Strictly speaking, MGM's version wasn't the first Oz film to be made - there were a number of silent films before it - so you shouldn't technically refer to it as the 'original'!

Philip Bernard Ion on Mar 29, 2014

5

I saw OZ! Wished I had saved money. Slowest movie I have ever seen. My wife selpt almost the entire movie.

Fred on Mar 11, 2013

6

Next time, lay off on the drugs! LOL!

The Truth on Mar 11, 2013

7

Unless you are a writer or critic why would you go to a movie you know you will not enjoy? Are you both mental in the head?

The Great and Powerful on Apr 17, 2013

8

"...you know you will not enjoy" You don't always know whether you'll enjoy it, though! I must admit, much though I love The Wizard of Oz, I don't think I was altogether sure whether I was going to enjoy this film, though as it turned out, I did!

Philip Bernard Ion on Mar 29, 2014

9

This was a really good movie, I especially loved the porcelain girl. I can see another sequel to this prequel.

Michael McRorey on Mar 11, 2013

10

Wow! I feel sorry for those who "fall asleep' thru the entire movie! Must be brainless to enjoy the spectacular visuals never mind the plot! LOL

JediBilly on Mar 11, 2013

11

So true. An amazing experience.

The Great and Powerful on Apr 17, 2013

12

It would be difficult to imagine seeing a worse movie this year. I wish Sam Rami would go away.

Peter parker on Mar 11, 2013

13

$80 million? It made $149,000,000 worldwide first weekend.

David Banner on Mar 11, 2013

14

They mean in the US

Philip Bernard Ion on Mar 29, 2014

15

great fun. bring on the sequels.

Ali Babba on Jun 2, 2013

16

Id love to see the next movie deal with the relationship between Enanora and Theodora, and how Theodora becomes the BOSS -so to speak....she HAS ALL the Power now.... and for the ending of the next movie, Id love for Theodora to Give her sister the Silver slippers for -powers-which she decides to go to Munchkinland to (test them) on the unwitting Munchkins, when out of the sky a House falls on her -Evanora-....(while Theodora watches via the Huge Crystal Ball) ..THE END>>>>

rextrek1 on Jun 19, 2013

17

not silver slippers.. emerald slippers she should get

guhs on Jul 25, 2013

18

for the love of god...ruby slippers duh

gd on Jul 29, 2013

19

They won't be ruby. Disney doesn't own the rights to the Ruby Slippers. They were made for the MGM film.

Alex Winston on Aug 23, 2013

20

In the original book(s) the slippers WERE silver. Why not follow in the path of the books as they were written? Anywho, "Oz the Great and Powerful" was written 20 years BEFORE Dorothy came on the scene. SO she wouldn't be in any of the sequels for a LONG time, IF they even made THAT many movies. (which I doubt)

Annette Cole on Oct 1, 2013

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