Surprising News: Sam Raimi has no interest in directing a follow-up to his recent megahit, Oz: The Great And Powerful.
Might Be Surprising If Anyone Cared News: Nicolas Cage has stated he will not be playing the title role in a third installment of one of Marvel’s relatively rare cinematic missteps: The Ghost Rider franchise.
Let’s start by talking about a movie people would actually SEE: Disney is apparently already moving forward with an Oz sequel, which shocks no one, but Raimi had this to say in a recent interview with 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 Evenora 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.
Raimi’s never had a problem with sequels in the past (or with inexplicably changing his mind), so perhaps there’s still a glimmer of hope for a second Raimi-helmed Oz.
Not so much for a third Nicolas Cage Ghost Rider, however…and I’m trying my best to give a crap–but I don’t seem to have one to spare.
For what it’s worth, here’s what Cage told Collider when the subject was broached:
It’s possible, but it won’t be with me. I’ve said what I have to say. I don’t want to say never… anything’s possible. But I doubt, highly, that I would be in a third installment of that.
Apparently Cage was, I quote, “very pumped” about the idea just last year (The fact that /Film couldn’t even be bothered to give this news it’s own article shows you how “pumped” everyone else was). If he’s lost interest/come to his senses, then the chances of a GR3 that isn’t direct-to-DVD seem rather scant. No huge loss, to be honest.