Sam Raimi - Disney to make Oz the Great and Powerful sequel

Disney is planning a sequel to 'Oz the Great and Powerful'.

Variety reports the studio has commissioned a follow-up film to Sam Raimi's prequel flick - starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz - with a script penned by screenwriter Mitchell Kapner, who teamed up with David Lindsay-Abaire to write the current movie.

Although no details have been confirmed on the plot, it is thought Mitchell will turn to author L. Frank Baum's story 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' for inspiration.

However, he will be unable to use any of the iconic items from the original film, such as Dorothy's ruby slippers, as company Warner Bros. own the rights to the original 1939 feature.

Sam admitted he was initially ''intimidated'' by the script for 'Oz the Great and Powerful' because of how fans would react to his version of the iconic story, but was keen to do it justice.

He said: ''I was intimidated, I was actually very frightened to approach the project because there's so much love for the original 'Wizard of Oz' and people don't want their warm feelings towards this great classic ... they don't want someone stepping in their fondest memories of their childhood.

''That's why I stayed away from the script at first and later when it came time to find a writer for another project, the script came across my desk and I thought, 'Oh I'll read it'. Just because I'm looking for a good writer. And I fell in love with the story.''


Tags: Sam Raimi - James Franco - Mila Kunis - Michelle Williams - Rachel Weisz - Mitchell Kapner - David Lindsay-Abaire


More Sam Raimi

Why 'The Last Of Us' Movie Will Succeed

The Last of Us was only released on PlayStation 3 a year ago. After winning nearly 200 "Game of the Year" awards and re-releasing the...

As 'Thor: The Dark World' Fails To Overwhelm Critics, Are Marvel Losing Their Touch?

Thor 2: The Dark World has been entertaining audiences to a variable degree since it was released this week in the US, and even earlier...

Evil Dead Movie Review

Remaking an iconic classic is dangerous business, even if the original filmmakers are on board as producers, but at least Uruguayan writer-director Alvarez has a...

Is 'Evil Dead' Scary Enough To Retain Box Office No.1 Spot?

Horror remake Evil Dead will attempt to retain the top spot at the US box office this weekend, after its strong showing on debut. The...


A Week In News: Justin Bieber Loses Fans? Elin Nordegren Finds Love? Miley Cyrus Single?

Bieber Blues: What is happening to Justin Bieber? The former loveable scamp appears to have become a target for the tabloids, especially the British ones....

Oz Fan-Boy James Franco On Why He Signed On For 'Great and Powerful'

Oz: Great and Powerful overcame mixed reviews to take the top spot at the U.S. box office over the weekend, earning $80.3 million and an...

Weekend Box Office Glory For Sam Raimi's Oz The Great And Powerful

Oz really is great and powerful, when it comes to raking in the box office cash, it seems. BBC News reports that Oz the Great...

"I'm So Sorry!" Oz: Great And Powerful's Mila Kunis Not In 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Mila Kunis became everyone's favorite Hollywood actress this week, after helping a clearly terrified rookie journalist through an interview for BBC Radio 1. The down-to-earth...



Sam Raimi Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Sam Raimi

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All