Remember that 'Evil Dead 4' statement from Sam Raimi a while back? How he told a crowd of fans that he and his brother were planning to work on a script this summer? Remember how he back tracked (a lot) shortly after making said statement? Well, it turns out there's a lot still up in the air, and one aspect is the true nature of this apparent sequel. Instead of being another 'Evil Dead,' a recent update revealed, whether you've been praying for this or not, it'll be 'Army of Darkness 2' instead.
'Oz the Great and Powerful' opens in theaters today and, as we reported last night, Disney is already looking forward to 'Oz the Great and Powerful 2' in the future. But while they may be able to get the cast to return, director Sam Raimi says he has no interest in stepping back behind the cameras for an 'Oz the Great and Powerful 2.'
When it comes to tentpole studio releases, there's a pressure to get the next one made two or three years after the first, simply so the brand is still in people's heads. The best way to get a jump on that is to start prepping the sequel before the first film is released, and because (at least with these films) the script is often the cheapest part, it's no surprise that Disney has already commissioned someone to pen a sequel to 'Oz: The Great and Powerful.'
"I don't want to be a good man; I want to be a great one." So says Oscar, a humble (read: crummy) magician in a traveling circus circa 1905, just before a magical tornado sweeps him and his hot air balloon away to a land that just so happens to share his nickname: Oz. In 'Oz the Great and Powerful,' Oscar (James Franco) finds exactly what his heart desires; the chance to be a great man, wealthy and powerful, the ruler of a beautiful kingdom. And the kingdom does look damn good, and most of Oz's adventures in it are pretty entertaining as well.
A fanboy frenzy was set off late last week, when news of a possible 'Evil Dead 4' film came about, thanks to Sam Raimi's remark that he was planning on working on the script this summer with his brother, Ivan. Of course, everyone went nuts and immediately marked down a fourth 'Evil Dead' on their calendars. But now comes the part, predictably, where Raimi rains on our parade with a clarification.
However, all hope is not lost yet, fellow deadites.
Sam Raimi's 'Evil Dead' trilogy is one of the touchstones of cult cinema. From the first no-budget horror film, to the frenetic, slapsticky horror-comedy of the second, to the Dungeons and Dragons and Mark Twain-inspired third film, they are marvelously entertaining movies that inspire very passionate fans. Which is why people keep asking Raimi about a fourth film. Well, he's answered, and suggests he's going to write a new sequel this summer.
One of the essential questions posed by Sam Raimi's 'Wizard of Oz' prequel story, 'Oz, the Great and Powerful,' (other than how the Wonderful Wizard became so wonderful, of course) is which of the three witches he encounters in the Land of Oz eventually becomes the most famous witch in movie history, the Wicked Witch of the West? While we've already figured out that question for ourselves, through the early 'Oz' merchandise released through the Disney store, we've got another juicy spoiler for all you fans.
Continue at your own peril...
'Oz: The Great and Powerful' went all out for its red carpet premiere on Wednesday with a yellow brick road and even a recreation of James Franco's hot air balloon from the film. Though the rest of us have to wait until March 8 to see this in theaters, a new sneak peek has hit the web thanks to one of the Wicked Witches from the movie, Rachel Weisz.
We'll soon get to meet the Wonderful Wizard (aka Oscar Diggs) when 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' hits theaters on March 8th, but before that happens we're sure to see lots more TV spots, and perhaps even some new photos and posters. Enter in the latest 'Oz' trailer that, regardless of its 50-second length, has lots of new footage to show us.