Disney Unsurprisingly Planning 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' Sequel
The film is just hitting theaters today, but Disney is already preparing a sequel to the prequel that is Oz: The Great and Powerful. THR has word that Mitchell Kapner, who came up with the concept and ideas for the origin story of Oz (thanks in part to the books by L. Frank Baum), has been hired to write the script for the sequel which would continue following James Franco as he becomes the great wizard that the people of Oz come to admire so much. Kapner also worked on the screenplay for Oz: The Great and Powerful, but had help later from David Lindsay-Abaire who wrote the underrated Rise of the Guardians.
The film is on track to top the box office this weekend with some impressive numbers, so a sequel seemed like a forgone conclusion, especially with so much source material from Baum's books. At this time it's not clear if Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz would be back as the three witches, but it's probably a safe bet. Jeremy was quite entranced by the wonder and magic of Oz: The Great and Powerful, so hopefully a sequel continues that kind of quality. The big question is whether Sam Raimi will be asked to come back, or if he's even interested in another franchise. After all, he's supposed to write a new Evil Dead this summer, so that might take up his time for a little bit. Stay tuned and see Oz: The Great and Powerful this weekend to let us know what you think!