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Disney is ready to walk down the yellow brick road again as they prep for a sequel to Oz the Great and Powerful

Mar. 7, 2013by:

Sam Raimi's OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL finally hits theaters tomorrow, but will it be successful? The film is poised for a $90- million dollar debut according to pre-release audience surveys. Disney is predicting a little less at $75 million. If it does, Oz will be one of the bigger openers this year. Regardless of all this numbers talk, Disney is already prepping a sequel.

We don't have any information on the second installment at this point, but we know that Mitchell Kapner, the screenwriter on the first is back on for another. Also, the OZ as you might already know, is a prequel to THE WIZARD OF OZ. However, if they want to use any of the legendary props from the OZ of 1939 then they'll have to talk to Warner Bros. about that. The studio owns that film. I'm sure they can work something out, right?

I really like the cast involved for Oz, and the film looks visually gorgeous, but I just don't have the greatest of feelings about it unfortunately. The trailers have made it look a little underwhelming. There are a lot of good things going for the film, but something is just off about it.

Maybe you'll be checking it out this weekend. For those who have seen it early, let us know in the strikebacks what you thought.

Source: VarietyLA Times

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8:58PM on 03/10/2013

Great, fun movie... go see it in 3-d!

Extremely impressed with Oz! I was expecting another Alice in Wonderland, but it was completely the opposite! Very entertaining after the first 15 minutes, CGI and the 3-D was amazing, and the cast did a great job. Unless you are one of those bitter people that want to dissect every little thing about a film then there is no possible way that you won't love it! (This review is coming from a 30 year old male who mostly watches horror films only)
Extremely impressed with Oz! I was expecting another Alice in Wonderland, but it was completely the opposite! Very entertaining after the first 15 minutes, CGI and the 3-D was amazing, and the cast did a great job. Unless you are one of those bitter people that want to dissect every little thing about a film then there is no possible way that you won't love it! (This review is coming from a 30 year old male who mostly watches horror films only)
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6:05PM on 03/09/2013

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL was such a great film

I really felt like I did when I first watched THE WIZARD OF OZ for the first time. It was magical. My kids also loved it and couldn't wait to go home and re-watch THE WIZARD OF OZ. Their was alot of detail put into crafting this film and it correlates with WIZARD perfectly, to the point where you can almost sink the two together except for one scene that will have to take place right before Dorothy's house lands on the witch in WIZARD. That'll probably be the opening scene for the
I really felt like I did when I first watched THE WIZARD OF OZ for the first time. It was magical. My kids also loved it and couldn't wait to go home and re-watch THE WIZARD OF OZ. Their was alot of detail put into crafting this film and it correlates with WIZARD perfectly, to the point where you can almost sink the two together except for one scene that will have to take place right before Dorothy's house lands on the witch in WIZARD. That'll probably be the opening scene for the sequel/remake THE WIZARD OF OZ. I'm rambling, I just loved the film and hope they make WIZARD next and then end the series with I guess RETURN or WICKED.
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10:59AM on 03/09/2013

This movie sucks.

Saw it last night and was nearly bored to death. I like Franco, and the whole cast really, but with the exception of the fake monkey and the China doll, the performances were horrible.
Saw it last night and was nearly bored to death. I like Franco, and the whole cast really, but with the exception of the fake monkey and the China doll, the performances were horrible.
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10:46AM on 03/08/2013

Good luck to them on that one

I've seen OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL and it wasn't that great. Both James Franco and Mila Kunis were horribly miscast, but at least Kunis was trying. If this film's successful, it'll be despite the reviews.
I've seen OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL and it wasn't that great. Both James Franco and Mila Kunis were horribly miscast, but at least Kunis was trying. If this film's successful, it'll be despite the reviews.
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9:40AM on 03/08/2013

Will watch it this weekend.

Maybe this will be the movie that will get Sam Raimi back to the top after Spiderman 3. The plot seems interesting enough to go see it. Also still hoping for a proper evil dead sequel with Bruce despite the uncertainty. =/ Could be the Life of Pi to Ang Lee. Anybody still remember Hulk?
Maybe this will be the movie that will get Sam Raimi back to the top after Spiderman 3. The plot seems interesting enough to go see it. Also still hoping for a proper evil dead sequel with Bruce despite the uncertainty. =/ Could be the Life of Pi to Ang Lee. Anybody still remember Hulk?
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7:18AM on 03/08/2013
Despite having Pixar and Marvel...Disney is desperately looking for another franchise - Tron, Prince of Persia, John Carter (seen the last two...really enjoyed them) and relaunching Pirates with a fourth installment (was more than happy with the way part three ended did not like the fourth one). May be Disney should let someone at Marvel or Pixar handle these movies...because whether or not they're any good..they're either f-ing them up marketing wise or just not standing by their
Despite having Pixar and Marvel...Disney is desperately looking for another franchise - Tron, Prince of Persia, John Carter (seen the last two...really enjoyed them) and relaunching Pirates with a fourth installment (was more than happy with the way part three ended did not like the fourth one). May be Disney should let someone at Marvel or Pixar handle these movies...because whether or not they're any good..they're either f-ing them up marketing wise or just not standing by their convictions if the movie doesn't do as well as expected (though I suspect that comes back to poor marketing). I know lots of people that enjoyed Prince of Persia and Carter even more. Does anyone at Disney know how to market a big movie with view to a franchise? Or after having acquired Pixar, Marvel and now Star Warstheres less of an incentive for anyone in the original part of Disney's movie department to get it right?
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9:51AM on 03/08/2013
Maybe those movies were just not marketable. Every film can't be a hit. There's only so much money the public can dish out, and if they don't know your product then you're done. BTW those movies you mentioned were not total disasters at the B.O. They just didn't make what Disney projected. When you're playing with the big boys you have to put up big numbers.
Maybe those movies were just not marketable. Every film can't be a hit. There's only so much money the public can dish out, and if they don't know your product then you're done. BTW those movies you mentioned were not total disasters at the B.O. They just didn't make what Disney projected. When you're playing with the big boys you have to put up big numbers.
5:52AM on 03/08/2013
Looking forward to seeing it today, even so I don't expect that much beside beautiful pictures and an inside on the story of oz...
Looking forward to seeing it today, even so I don't expect that much beside beautiful pictures and an inside on the story of oz...
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2:25AM on 03/08/2013

oh yeah John Carter was released March 9th, 2012

heh and so was Mars Needs Moms 3-11-11 and both bombed horribly and both were decent fun action packed movies... well their tent pole summer movie should be released on Memorial day (see Hangover III) nobody spends 90million for a movie opening on MARCH
DISNEY hasn't learned a damn thing.
heh and so was Mars Needs Moms 3-11-11 and both bombed horribly and both were decent fun action packed movies... well their tent pole summer movie should be released on Memorial day (see Hangover III) nobody spends 90million for a movie opening on MARCH
DISNEY hasn't learned a damn thing.
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9:45AM on 03/08/2013
Another person who talks without doing their research properly. Alice in Wonderland was released on March 5th, 2010 and went on to make a billion dollars. Oz has the same tone and built in audience as Alice. Disney knows exactly what they're doing. Those films you mentioned were gambles which is basically what the whole film business is about. Oz is as sure fire as they come. You my friend have not learned a thing about the movie business.
Another person who talks without doing their research properly. Alice in Wonderland was released on March 5th, 2010 and went on to make a billion dollars. Oz has the same tone and built in audience as Alice. Disney knows exactly what they're doing. Those films you mentioned were gambles which is basically what the whole film business is about. Oz is as sure fire as they come. You my friend have not learned a thing about the movie business.
1:47AM on 03/08/2013
I just hope that this FIRST film does well at the box office.
I just hope that this FIRST film does well at the box office.
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11:14PM on 03/07/2013
It seems like Disney always hopes their live-action big budget films will start a franchise, only to have them underpreform and drop the idea. Like John Carter or Prince of Persia. Pirates 4 was suppose to start a new trilogy but was a disappointment. Narnia was sold to fox after 2 films. I'm still hoping for another Tron movie, but news seems sparse at best about that. In short, I put little stock into these sequel rumors until they officially happen.
It seems like Disney always hopes their live-action big budget films will start a franchise, only to have them underpreform and drop the idea. Like John Carter or Prince of Persia. Pirates 4 was suppose to start a new trilogy but was a disappointment. Narnia was sold to fox after 2 films. I'm still hoping for another Tron movie, but news seems sparse at best about that. In short, I put little stock into these sequel rumors until they officially happen.
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9:36AM on 03/08/2013
Before you speak, get your facts straight. Pirates 4, while a shitty movie, made a billion dollars worldwide so that is not the reason they're not making more Pirates films
Before you speak, get your facts straight. Pirates 4, while a shitty movie, made a billion dollars worldwide so that is not the reason they're not making more Pirates films
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