Oz: The Great and Powerful
Now that Disney's 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' swept away the box office this past weekend, all but assuring a sequel with or without the participation of director Sam Raimi, the race is officially on to capitalize on the classic 'Wizard of Oz' tale that largely exists in the public domain. Plenty of efforts past and future could arrive to challenge 'Oz: The Great and Powerful,' but might Dorothy come to TV in a new 'Game of Thrones'-style series titled 'Red Brick Road?' Get the scoop on Warner Bros.' new TV project inside!
After a series of increasingly dire weeks at the box office, 'Oz the Great and Powerful' arrived and shook things up in a major way, earning the first truly massive opening weekend of 2013 and setting the table for all kinds of Oz-related content in the near future. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing is something that we'll let you judge.
'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.'
With 'Oz the Great and Powerful' in theaters this Friday, it's time for a little refresher course on the world of Oz. If all you know of Oz comes from the films, then you have quite a lot left to discover about this wacky, magical realm. L. Frank Baum wrote fourteen Oz novels and various other Oz relate
Yes, we love Jennifer Lawrence, but we can't forget about our first love, Mila Kunis. While J-Law was busy giving the middle finger at the 2013 Oscars and having an awkward encounter with Jack Nicholson and just being all-around awesome, Kunis gave one of the most entertaining and hysterical interviews we've ever seen while she was promoting her upcoming flick '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.