'Oz: The Great and Powerful' Sequel Moves Forward at Disney

Screenwriter Mitchell Kapner has been hired to write a follow-up for Disney's new adventure that hits theaters tomorrow.
Disney moves ahead with a sequel to Oz: The Great and Powerful
Disney moves ahead with a sequel to Oz: The Great and Powerful
Disney is already lining up a sequel to Oz: The Great and Powerful on the eve of its theatrical release tomorrow. Mitchell Kapner, who co-wrote the first screenplay with David Lindsay-Abaire, has been hired to pen the follow-up.

No story details have been released for the sequel, but there are a few things that the writer legally cannot include in the story. L. Frank Baum's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is in the public domain, which means the writer can use anything contained in that book. However, he cannot use any of the additions used by Warner Bros. in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, such as Dorothy's ruby slippers.

The studio hired Mitchell Kapner to work on the sequel script months ago, a sign that Disney is very confident Oz: The Great and Powerful will be a hit. The movie stars James Franco as Oscar Diggs, a Kansas magician who is transported to the mystical land of Oz, where many believe he is the chosen one who can defeat the Wicked Witch. Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams also star as the witch sisters Theodora, Evanora, and Glinda. Disney would not comment on the sequel plans at this time.

Mitchell Kapner's other screenwriting credits include The Whole Nine Yards, The Whole Ten Yards, and Romeo Must Die.

Oz: The Great and Powerful was released March 8th, 2013 and stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Bill Cobbs, Joey King, Tony Cox. The film is directed by Sam Raimi.

Sources: Variety

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Comments (27)

  1. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @corey Meh, this is the rare moment where I pull a thedude and reference the rolling stone rating for it. Either way, I'm not seeing it until one day I get bored enough and watch it on my comp

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  2. Blackout23

    @bawnian-dexeus haha I will follow the yellow brick road

    1 year agoby @Blackout23Flag

  3. Writer220

    Don't forget about the prequel books 4 in all, Buam's books and the TV mini-series that I enjoyed. So in all it's all ready a franchise.
    I've seen every film and cartoon - yes there is a cartoon version.

    1 year agoby @writer220Flag

  4. undeadslayer4

    how many sequels are there gonna be

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  5. undeadslayer4

    @2movieguys i dont believe that

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  6. CelluloidDreams

    Well there are fourteen full-length Oz books after all!

    1 year agoby @2movieguysFlag

  7. Corey W.

    @bawnian-dexeus I wouldn't call it a critical failure. Most critics enjoyed it. It's gotten pretty decent reviews. I think it's only one percent away on RT from being fresh, but majoirty of reviews on there are fresh for this film.

    1 year agoby @coreyFlag

  8. Dragon1991

    They can't wait to see if this movie is going to be a smash or going to be a bust?

    1 year agoby @Dragon1991Flag

  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @Blackout23 Trust me, there will be an Emerald City in the next decade

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  10. Writer220

    thought so - however they shouldn't announce it until it succeeds.
    Its the first in a trilogy, I bet my bottom dallor

    1 year agoby @writer220Flag

  11. Nicholaus XX

    Well, that was fast..

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  12. Blackout23


    1 year agoby @Blackout23Flag

  13. Blackout23

    If they keep doing sequels I can see The land of Oz as part of Disneyland or Disneyworld. There is a rumor that Marvel will have its on land at Disneyland.

    1 year agoby @Blackout23Flag

  14. moviegeek

    Oh goodness... this movie was so dumb. No sequel please.

    1 year agoby @moviegeekFlag

  15. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    Well, let's hope the first is good. Haha

    1 year agoby @cryptFlag

  16. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    ANOTHER planned sequel already? Huh...I can't tell right now though since the movie is not out yet and I still have to see it myself.

    1 year agoby @redcameramanFlag

  17. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @emmyhasagun Ah! My mistake. Wither way, like I said, the only Oz related content I'll ever watch

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  18. Emmy has a Gun

    @bawnian-dexeus I'm pretty sure it's Universal that's doing the Wicked (musical) adaptation. And it was once stated that there might be a TV miniseries of some sort based on the book.

    1 year agoby @emmyhasagunFlag

  19. Emmy has a Gun

    Why can't someone just make a film based on the book that actually follows the book(s) and keeps in all the good stuff and doesn't give us stupid, pointless changes?

    1 year agoby @emmyhasagunFlag

  20. LuxoIII

    @bawnian-dexeus Yeah, why hasn't that even been considered yet? That's just strange to me. Figured it would simply be the logical thing to do...

    1 year agoby @brady1138Flag

  21. Sean

    @bawnian-dexeus I hope that Disney will not rush in a sequel to Oz: The Great and Powerful, even if it ends up making around as much money as Alice in Wonderland did.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  22. ChiRep_1

    I'll judge when I actually see it

    1 year agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  23. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ROFLitschristian On the bright side, and this is just me, if Disney does Wicked, its the only project I'll ever be on board

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  24. ROFLitschristian

    @bawnian-dexeus Unfortunately it's true.

    1 year agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  25. ROFLitschristian

    Are you sh*tting me?

    1 year agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  26. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    As it stands, it will end up mostly performing like AIW. Critical failure, regrettably a box-office hit

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  27. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    13 books, so it's a given

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag