Is 'Oz the Great and Powerful' getting a sequel?
March 8th, 2013
02:45 PM ET

Is 'Oz the Great and Powerful' getting a sequel?

The film has yet to show and prove at the box office, but Disney is reportedly already planning a sequel to this weekend's release, "Oz the Great and Powerful."

Variety reports that the studio has put in a request for screenwriter Mitchell Kapner, who co-wrote the first film with David Lindsay-Abaire, to pen a follow-up.

Directed by Sam Raimi, "Oz the Great and Powerful" stars James Franco as the wizard of L. Frank Baum's creation and recounts how he came to reside in that magical land with the famous yellow brick road.

Billed as a prequel to the classic 1939 film, "The Wizard of Oz," critics largely haven't known what to make of it - some say it's horrible while others found it to be good enough family fun, as reflected in the film's 59 percent fresh rating on

It's unclear what a sequel plot would involve, and Disney wouldn't comment on the reports. "Oz the Great" is expected to open to $80 million in domestic ticket sales, Variety added.

Meanwhile, star Franco was getting the star treatment on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday.

The 34-year-old actor, who pulled an Oscar nod with 2010's "127 Hours," received his acknowledgment with his mom, director Raimi and pal Seth Rogen by his side. Rogen and Franco, of course, go pretty far back - they both starred on "Freaks and Geeks," which aired from 1999 to 2000.

Since then, Franco's earned a reputation as a tireless creator with a thirst for education. Up next, he'll reportedly tackle Broadway as George in a revival of "Of Mice and Men."

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  1. you don't like what i have on today...

    that's because she iz a female dude.....

    March 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Indigo Girl

    It was a fantastic movie. I especially related to the butchy little lezbian character, Carpet Munchkin.

    March 11, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sunday's Crew

    she deserves it every step of the way.

    March 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tommy Chong

    oh wow man, i'll take 5 Oz's please

    March 11, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Oz

    Oz wants a good movie we'll give it too him.

    March 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dorothy

    I saw the movie – it was great and awesome and the first movie I would go see again. Stop being haters and just go have fun with it!

    March 10, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The actress will have too take the heat

    she's lousy at what she does, she is NOT creative in anyway shape or form. the script is not funny and basically alot of hard work for garbage writing on a weekly view is get off the show.

    March 10, 2013 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |


    March 9, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Boy Crazy Scenario-2 Bimbo Authors

    Set up –why would anyone talk about who they sleep with on a blog i find that odd–at my age you
    didn't think that was a set up?

    one of my boyfriends is a he has never said a word and why because men respect me and "x"

    March 9, 2013 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. thearchivest

    “Oz the Great and Powerful” is all smoke and no mirrors, no fantasy, just effects without affect. To be honest, more like Oz the Amiable and Un-threatening. The best, funniest Oz thing I've read lately is DA YELLER BRICK ROAD, a revisionist telling of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Uncle Remus. The conceit is it was originally by Remus (who didn't exist) and then "borrowed and cleaned-up" by Baum. Hilarious and charming. All that "Oz the Great and Powerful" is not.

    March 9, 2013 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. your right crew...

    let's boogie off for good...bye girlfriend..

    March 9, 2013 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. using me for weekend blogs?

    not too much longer...if me and nathan get bzy....blogging is gone

    March 9, 2013 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. the script is not that perfect????

    call me asap...didn't think it was...

    March 9, 2013 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. i was just saything that out of love for my man


    March 9, 2013 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sokman

    Baum never wrote a prequel to The Wizard of Oz. 13 sequels though. Anything between this movie & The Wizard of Oz would have to be an original work. I read that here on cnn so it must be true

    March 9, 2013 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  16. sharky

    Is 'Oz the Great and Powerful' getting a sequel?"

    Uh yeah, it was called the Wizard of Oz.

    March 8, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  17. yes

    does appear true.

    March 8, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  18. NOD

    i met him too in new york very nice and friendly

    March 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Kelly in Los Angeles

    i met james franco, he is one of the most nicest celebs that i have ever met. he's very handsome too. i would love to see his new movie.

    March 8, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  20. got her again.


    March 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Gregg

    I wish this reporters would get knowledgeable. This is a series of books written by L. Frank Baum. There is no sequel to this. It will be another story in the series. Furthermore, the Wizard wasn't meant to be a jovial sort. He was always nervous b/c his brand of magic was smoke and mirrors. James Franco is perfect for this role – Especially for the Wizard's early years.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I agree...I think people don't realize that what they call a "bad portrayal" is actually the exact portrayal that they were looking for for his character. Just look at the wizard in the original classic...he was nothing more than a con man with very little confidence hiding behind a curtain of mechanical smoke and mirrors which is exactly what Franco did. His portrayal of the character was spot on with the carnival "con-men" of that time period.

      March 10, 2013 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  22. Hello

    Me 3

    March 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Jeff

    me too

    March 8, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Tug Romney

    James Franco does a perfect portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in that photograph. I didn't realize Kim Bassinger was playing Mary Todd Lincoln.

    March 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |

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