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

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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  • fuck
    thanks for ruining the ending
    • noel beale
      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!
      • The Truth
      • Philip Bernard Ion
        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'!
  • Fred
    I saw OZ! Wished I had saved money. Slowest movie I have ever seen. My wife selpt almost the entire movie.
    • The Truth
      Next time, lay off on the drugs! LOL!
    • The Great and Powerful
      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?
      • Philip Bernard Ion
        " 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!
  • This was a really good movie, I especially loved the porcelain girl. I can see another sequel to this prequel.
  • JediBilly
    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
    • The Great and Powerful
      So true. An amazing experience.
  • Peter parker
    It would be difficult to imagine seeing a worse movie this year. I wish Sam Rami would go away.
  • David Banner
    $80 million? It made $149,000,000 worldwide first weekend.
    • Philip Bernard Ion
      They mean in the US
  • great fun. bring on the sequels.
  • rextrek1
    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>>>>
  • guhs
    not silver slippers.. emerald slippers she should get
    • gd
      for the love of god...ruby slippers duh
      • Alex Winston
        They won't be ruby. Disney doesn't own the rights to the Ruby Slippers. They were made for the MGM film.
        • Annette Cole
          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)




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