The film was just released and already Disney has a sequel in the works. This shouldn’t really comes as a surprise, but one would think they would wait until after the weekend? Mitchell Kapner (Oz The Great and Powerful, Romeo Must Die) has been hired to write the next chapter of Oz. He would penn a script that would follow the adventures of Oz played by James Franco.
“Kapner came up with the concept and ideas for the origin story of Oz, basing it on the classic L. Frank Baum books, pitching it to producer Joe Roth, who set it up at Disney, and writing the initial drafts. He shares screenwriting credit with David Lindsay-Abaire, who came on board later in the process”.
This seems like a smart move if Oz The Great and Powerful is a success. Disney missed the boat on Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland as that film became the third highest grossing film (internationally) in 2010.