Sam Raimi’s new take on the old Wizard of Oz, Oz: The Great and Powerful is taking heads at the box office right now and receiving some generally favorable reviews. It’s been successful enough, in fact, to warrant putting a sequel in the works with plans of a third not far off. Now, in the latest Oz-related news, a bit about what not to expect in the sequel and the rise of a not-so-friendly rivalry between Disney and the original Wizard of Oz rights’ owners, Warner Bros.
Check out all the fun-filled details after the jump…
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 CageGhost 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 Colliderwhen 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.
Once upon a time, there was a carnival magician who wanted to be more than he was. He wanted to be Harry Houdini or Thomas Edison. He wanted gold and glory. Oz the Great and Powerful, staring James Franco as Oscar (Oz) Diggs, tells this tale.
Directed by Sam Raimi, this film tells the origin story of the Man Behind the Curtain. When we meet Oscar, he is a carnival magician who’s never uttered an honest word in his life. He is insecure, disingenuous and can barely captivate an audience. Something which, unfortunately, translates to the viewing audience. We live this film through the eyes of Oscar. When Oscar is bored, we are bored. When Oscar is captivated, we are captivated. This is bit of a dangerous way to spin a story, because when your main character spends the first act bored and unhappy, your audience spends the first act bored and unhappy.
Sam Raimi‘s Oz the Great and Powerful hasn’t even opened yet and the sequel is already in the works. Disney has hired Mitchell Kapner (The Whole Nine Yards, The Whole Ten Yards) to write the follow-up script, which continues the adventures of James Franco’s Oz. Disney is betting that the movie will do blockbuster numbers and are eager to keep the ball rolling.
The movie stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. Sam Raimi directed the film, which, despite lukewarm critic’s reviews, is looking to earn $80 million to $90 million in it’s opening weekend. Oz the Great and Powerful needs a strong opening to help recoup the Government sized budget, reportedly over the $200 million mark.
In a related story James Franco got a star on the Hollywood Walk 0f Fame yesterday.
Sam Raimi spoke at the ceremony:
“Working with James over the years, I’ve learned many things about him. James is a teacher, a poet, a sculptor, an actor, a director, a writer, a producer, a basket weaver – the thing goes on and on for days! Seems like we’re always discovering James’ next endeavor.
“Today we join the rest of the world to honour you in your achievements with a much-deserved star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame, a star made from marble – which you yourself have hewn from a mountain, from brass that you have smelted!”
Franco teared up during his speech and said:
“I wish that I could put a bunch of names on this star because this is a collaborative business… The people behind the scenes, the people who have been there for me, all the way through, if I could, I’d put all your names on there. Thank you, and I’ll always remember this.”
Based on the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and a prequel to the events of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, Oz The Great and Powerful has been gathering quite a buzz since images and trailers started releasing late last year. Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams the Disney feature from Sam Raimi may have been quite different if Iron Man had accepted the role back in 2010.
What made producers turn down freakin’ Robert Downey Jr.? RDJ was one of Sam’s top choices to play Oscar Diggs, the “Wizard” of Oz, and in an act of good faith the director gifted him with a plant hoping to lure RDJ to the role. Months later at a meeting at the actor’s home Raimi noticed the plant wilting in a corner, and ended their talks.
It sounds completely made up, a plant cost RDJ, the living Tony Stark, a chance to float in magic bubbles for Disney. This is one of those “too weird not to be true” stories and the filmmaker declined to comment in the article from The Hollywood Reporter. So, you can practically spit on the Spider-Man film trilogy, but you mess with horticulture and Sam kicks your ass to the yellow brick road.
Maybe it’s for the better though, Iron-Man 3 is right around the corner and new clips from Oz the Great and Powerful are already here. Check them out after the jump. (more…)
In a few more weeks, we will behold Sam Raimi‘s Oz The Great and Powerful, the modernized, updated prequel to the MGM classic film. Naturally, as we get closer to the release date we’ll see more and more clips, like this one, which features Rachel Weisz as Evanora and Mila Kunis as Theodora arguing over the veracity of the Wizard’s claims when he arrives in Oz from Kansas, and it ends with explosive results. Watch the clip below:
The film co-stars James Franco as the Wizard and Michelle Williams as Glinda the Good Witch.
Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.
By now you may have already figured out which witch goes green come the end of Oz the Great and Powerful, but it’s a mystery they’re desperately clinging to for the film’s promotion, as you can see in the teaser below. If you’d like to remain unspoiled about whether it’s Rachel Weisz‘s Evanora or Mila Kunis‘ Theodora then wait until Oz releases on March 8th, otherwise check out these pics posted to Comic Forum. They leave no question as to which witch is the Wicked Witch.
Obligatory SPOILER WARNING goes here. Do not continue below the video if you’d like to keep her true identity a secret.
It’s only a few weeks before Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful hits the screens, and so here we present to you yet even more footage of the flick. The latest clip, at just over a minute, presents us with a magic bubble ride through the world of Oz. Check it out below.
Personally, I’m digging on the surreal, almost video game-like quality of the scenery and effects. Here’s to hoping that Raimi does not, as he has been known to in the past, disappoint viewers.
Watch the whole and complete version of Oz: The Great and Powerful come March 8th in all sorts of crazy movie formats, including that new-fangled 3D and IMAX.
If you’ve seen the Oz: The Great and Powerful trailer that dropped during the Super Bowl, you know that Sam Raimi’s latest brainchild is looking real pretty at the very least. With less than a month to go before release, the folks in charge of marketing are hitting us with two more trailers. They looks a little bit similar (as is par for the course), but they do manage to add a little bit of story lure to all that pretty.
Check em out below:
Oz: The Great and Powerful will be coming to a theater near you on March 8th.
This year’s big football game thing is going on right now, and the adverts are rife with movie trailers this year. But why bother with having to wait through all the kicking and throwing of balls when you can just check out the trailers all in one spot at your leisure? We here at Nerd Bastards, in our dedication to making your life easier, have gathered them together and present them in one, easily-found location. Check em out after the jump.