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It's been a Sam Raimi sequel news day. First we find out that a sequel is being planned for the remake of his 'Evil Dead,' and now it seems there has been an update to the previously announced sequel to his 'Oz The Great and Powerful.' The recent Disney film followed the exploits of the young wizard Oz (played by James Franco) as he arrived in the land that bore his name and became the ruler of the Emerald City. Just last week it was revealed that screenwriter Mitchell Kapner had been tasked with putting together a screenplay for a second installment. The question of course then became whether Raimi would be retuning to direct. It appears we now have our answer. Raimi indicated in a recent interview that he is not interested in directing the sequel. Here's what he said...
"I haven’t planned on directing the sequel. 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 Evenora and Theodora get away. I was attracted to this story but I don’t think the second one would have the thing I would need to get me interested."
I thoroughly enjoyed 'Oz The Great and Powerful.' I thought it did a wonderful job of subtly working references to the 1939 film into its narrative and, though a bit heavy on the CG, reminding us all of the wonder in the world of Oz. I can't fully understand why Raimi wouldn't want to return, it's not as if he's shied away from being a franchise helmer in the past, but it can only benefit the followup movie if the director whose heart is not in it gracefully steps down. There were a few distinctly Raimi shots in 'Oz The Great and Powerful,' but there is nothing about its success so inextricable from his style that another talented filmmaker couldn't do something unique with it. However, we do need to keep our eyes on casting reports from here on out as you never know which among the actors may only be interested in reprising their roles with Raimi in the director's chair. My guess however? James Franco will be back regardless.
What do you guys think? Disappointed Raimi is not likely to return? Who would you select as his replacement?
Source: Bleeding Cool