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Sam Raimi will not return for the sequel to Oz The Great and Powerful

Mar. 11, 2013by: Alex Maidy
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Sam Raimi may have felt the draw to OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, but he does not seem to feel the same towards making a sequel. Despite a surprising open weekend gross of $150 million worldwide and the announcement that Disney is already fast-tracking the follow-up, Sam Raimi is not on board to direct it. In fact, it almost seems that Raimi never intended to stick around for a second OZ, no matter what the box office ended up being.

In London doing promotion for the movie, Raimi had this to say: (Warning: the following quote does have a spoiler for those of you who have not seen the movie or read the L. Frank Baum books)

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 Evanora and Theodora get away. I was attracted to this story but I dont think the second one would have the thing I would need to get me interested.

Obviously the Oz series of books has tons of material that can be mined for big screen adaptations so it should come as no surprise that the movie is left open ended. It wouldn't make much sense to put any finality to a movie that already has a second chapter made over 70 years ago. Disney could go the route of remaking THE WIZARD OF OZ next, or they could mine the adventures that occur in the time frame between the arrival of Oz to the arrival of Dorothy.

Raimi has had numerous movies in the pipeline that have all fizzled. After his debacle on SPIDER-MAN 3, Raimi proved he could handle low budget (DRAG ME TO HELL) and big budget (OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL) and now his skills as director will be in much higher demand. The sky is now the limit for him and that is good news for us movie fans.

Extra Tidbit: Does anyone else think it is incredibly dumb that the wizard's name is Oz and he happens to land in Oz?
Source: Cinema Blend

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5:52PM on 03/11/2013

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It's nice that he stuck with Spider-Man, as it was obviously a passion project (to begin with anyway) but Sam has far to much creative energy and flair to become a standard studio tent-pole director.

For my money he is much better off with the stripped down bare essentials of film-making as he can put so much more energy into one camera pan than any movie can with infinite CGI explosions and carnage.
It's nice that he stuck with Spider-Man, as it was obviously a passion project (to begin with anyway) but Sam has far to much creative energy and flair to become a standard studio tent-pole director.

For my money he is much better off with the stripped down bare essentials of film-making as he can put so much more energy into one camera pan than any movie can with infinite CGI explosions and carnage.
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5:53PM on 03/11/2013
It certainly feels like one of those "one for them so I can make one for me" kind of movies.

Personally, I'd like to see him do his own thing and not another made-by-committee type movie. Liam Neeson is an action star now, so I's love to see them team up again on a Darkman-style pulp action flick.
It certainly feels like one of those "one for them so I can make one for me" kind of movies.

Personally, I'd like to see him do his own thing and not another made-by-committee type movie. Liam Neeson is an action star now, so I's love to see them team up again on a Darkman-style pulp action flick.
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6:48PM on 03/11/2013

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No, because his name isn't Oz. His name is Oscar Diggs. He adopts the name Oz after he lands in the country of the same name.
No, because his name isn't Oz. His name is Oscar Diggs. He adopts the name Oz after he lands in the country of the same name.
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8:26PM on 03/11/2013
Yeah but in the movie he calls himself Oz from the start. Just one of the many things horribly wrong with that pile of garbage they somehow decided to call a movie.
Yeah but in the movie he calls himself Oz from the start. Just one of the many things horribly wrong with that pile of garbage they somehow decided to call a movie.
10:34PM on 03/11/2013
If he came back for the sequel, it would probably be better than the first considering Raimi's track record for sequels.
If he came back for the sequel, it would probably be better than the first considering Raimi's track record for sequels.
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12:52AM on 03/12/2013

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His nickname was 'Os' in short for Oscar. So just because it sounded phonetically the same didn't mean a thing.
His nickname was 'Os' in short for Oscar. So just because it sounded phonetically the same didn't mean a thing.
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5:04AM on 03/12/2013
Wish they get Gary ross or Terry gilliam to direct the sequel,or Robert zemeckis
Wish they get Gary ross or Terry gilliam to direct the sequel,or Robert zemeckis
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5:06AM on 03/12/2013
Wish they get Gary ross or Terry gilliam to direct the sequel,or Robert zemeckis
Wish they get Gary ross or Terry gilliam to direct the sequel,or Robert zemeckis
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