I'm happy to report that Oz the Great and Powerful is the #1 movie in the world right now!
It's doing so well at the box office that Disney is already working on a sequel, with the entire cast signed on to return, as well as the writer Mitchell Kapner and producer Joe Roth. It is unknown at this point whether or not Sam Raimi will direct the sequel, but I suspect that the show will go on with or without him. You can read more about the plans for the sequel here.
In other news, Summertime Entertainment has announced they, in conjunction with distributor Clarius Entertainment, will release Dorothy of Oz, now re-titled Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, in theaters and in 3-D early next year. It is unclear at this point exactly how wide of a release this will be, but my fingers are crossed! You can read the press release here.
Below is a message from Summertime Entertainment posted on the film's Facebook page...
We'd like to thank our social media community for the support of our film. When we began this journey, we knew we were working on something magical, and your support has meant the world to us.In addition to this news, a virtual world based on the film, called Legends of Oz World, has launched... and it's pretty darn cool! Check it out here.
When we began working on this film, we did so under the name of our source material Dorothy of Oz, the wonderful book by Roger Stanton Baum. As we continued to develop the film, we also began working on many other exciting avenues in Oz which you'll hear about more in the coming months. We felt that we needed to change the film title to reflect that this is only the beginning of the journey, and our new name Legends of Oz will lead us forward for years to come. Our film Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return will be the starting point as we explore more corners of the wonderful world of Oz.
We hope you will join us on this journey, and are excited to continue sharing the road with you!
That's it for this week! If all goes as planned, next week, I will be able to share my interview with Legends of Oz producer Ryan Carroll.
How many times have you seen Oz the Great and Powerful and are you going to see it again this weekend? Let me know in the comments... if you want to. If not, that's cool, too.