Disney has high expectations for its Oz the Great and Powerful, Sam Raimi-helmed fantastical adventure film starring James Franco.
Even though the movie hasn’t been released yet, the studio isn’t looking to wait too long to get a sequel into theaters.
And so it goes, Disney’s got a sequel to The Wizard of Oz prequel. The Mouse House has already hired screenwriter Mitchell Kapner several months ago, who co-wrote the first film with David Lindsay-Abaire, to start working on a direct sequel to Raimi’s new film.
Sadly disappointing, Kapner still can’t use any of the iconic creative additions from the Victor Fleming-directed musical as Warner Bros. owns the 1939 film. He can only work with what’s featured in L. Frank Baum’s novel ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,’ which is public domain.
Of course no plot details are available at this early stage, neither the report say anything about Raimi potentially coming back as a director. Joe Roth would be back as producer. That’s it for now.
In case you’ve somehow forgotten Oz the Great and Powerful hits theaters on International Women’s Day this Friday, March 8th, 2103. Mickey Mouse and Co. definitely needs to see it do well.