Sequels of beloved films can strike fear into the heart of a fan. Why mess with a perfect story by adding to it unnecessarily? Of course the reason is financial greed on the part of the moviemakers but sometimes it can be better to just come up with a whole new story rather than wringing every last drop out of something that’s already been released. After all for every Aliens or Godfather II, there’s a Grease II or Speed II: Cruise Control. (If you want a laugh check out this list from Flavorwire of proposed movie sequels which even contains a proposed sequel to the legendary Casablanca! NOOOOO!)
Prequels can often be an equally bad idea – just look at Prometheus, Hannibal Rising, Butch and Sundance: The Early Days, and most famously the Star Wars prequels which tarnished the original movies for many fans. So will Oz: the Great and Powerful be one of these or a triumph? The movie is due to hit our screens on 8th March 2013 and it tells the story of the Wizard of Oz’s beginnings as a circus magician, his arrival in Oz, and how he came to be ruler of the land. Oz: the Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi, boasts a great cast: James Franco as Oscar Diggs/The Wizard of Oz; Mila Kunis as Theodora, the Wicked Witch of the West; Michelle Williams as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North; and Rachel Weisz as Evanora, the Wicked Witch of the East.
Given that Return to Oz was possibly one of the worst film sequels ever made I’m not sure that returning to the Land of Oz for any further adventures is a good idea. However here’s the trailer for the upcoming movie. Judge for yourselves!