SEQUEL TO ‘OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL’ IN THE WORKS
With expectations of a box-office bonanza this weekend, Disney is already planning a sequel to Oz the Great and Powerful, THR has confirmed.
Mitchell Kapner has been hired to write a script for the follow-up, which would continue 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.
Roth would be back as producer.
The movie stars Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. Sam Raimi directed the fantasy tentpole, which, despite getting lukewarm reviews, is tracking to open at in the $80 million to $90 million range this weekend. That should go a long way toward off-setting the mega-budget, which was far north of $200 million.
Before Oz, Kapner wrote The Whole Nine Yards and its sequel, The Whole Ten Yards, and also worked on the action movie Romeo Must Die. He is repped by Gersh and Fineman Entertainment.
Planning for sequels to tentpoles has become increasingly the norm in Hollywood, with movies ranging from Snow White and Huntsman to comedies such as the Hangover series engaging in the practice.
MILA KUNIS ON THE CAMPAIGN CLOSE TO HER HEART
Responsibly mined colored gemstones are Mila Kunis’ best friend.
Decked out in dazzling green Gemfields emerald earrings by Fernando Jorge and an exquisite Gemfields emerald ring designed by Victor Velyan, Kunis sat down with ET’s Brooke Anderson to talk about her partnership with Gemfields jewels, a corporation she says renewed her faith in gem mining.
“They take so much pride in their work and they take such good care of their employees,” gushed Kunis of her partnership with Gemfields, a luxury company that produces amethysts, emeralds, and rubies all the while ensuring that their employees in Africa make a living wage and enjoy simple necessities such as electricity and running water.
Since recently taking her leave from high-profile beauty contract, the actress says she wasn’t too keen to put her name behind another company.
“I’ve done that once before and it’s one of the hardest things to do … to pitch a product you don’t stand by,” said Kunis. “The short of it is, I went and visited [Gemfields] in Africa and they are one of the most loveliest companies I had had the pleasure of actually touring, let alone being a part of. They take care of their community, they put up schools, and they teach the people how to farm vegetables. I mean it sounds so dated and so simple, but very rarely do people take the time. They say they do, and on paper they do, but in real life they don’t.”
MILA KUNIS AND “TED” EARN MTV MOVIE AWARDS NOMINATIONS
The nominations for the 2013 MTV Movie Awards were announced earlier today and Mila Kunis and the film “Ted” have received nominations!
Fans can vote for Mila and the movie at MTV.com until April 13, 2013!
Movie of the Year
The Dark Knight Rises
Silver Linings Playbook
Best Female Performance
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Mila Kunis, Ted
Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect
Best On-Screen Duo
Mark Ruffalo & Robert Downey Jr., The Avengers
Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis, The Campaign
Leonardo DiCaprio & Samuel L. Jackson, Django Unchained
Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Mark Wahlberg & Seth MacFarlane, Ted
Best Shirtless Performance
Channing Tatum, Magic Mike
Christian Bale, The Dark Knight Rises
Daniel Craig, Skyfall
Seth MacFarlane, Ted
Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner vs Tom Hiddleston, The Avengers
Christian Bale vs Tom Hardy, The Dark Knight Rises
Jamie Foxx vs Candieland Henchmen, Django Unchained
Daniel Craig vs Ola Rapace, Skyfall
Mark Wahlberg vs Seth MacFarlane, Ted
Emma Watson and Logan Lerman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman, Moonrise Kingdom
Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained
Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg, Ted
Best WTF Moment
Anna Camp, Pitch Perfect
Denzel Washington, Flight
Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson, Django Unchained
Javier Bardem, Skyfall
Seth MacFarlane, Ted