When people think of The Wizard of Oz, they think of the 1939 film starring Judy Garland. Yellow brick roads, munchkins, ruby slippers, the wicked witch, all that stuff. Fast forward about 75 years and Disney releases Oz the Great and Powerful, a prequel that features iconography very similar to, but not exactly the same, as the famous film. The reason? Warner Bros. owns the rights to the 1939 classic, but not the L. Frank Baum book it’s based on, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Sam Raimi and his team were very careful not to use any of Warner Bros.’ intellectual property, going so far as having lawyers present during production to make sure they didn’t cross the line. So there are no ruby slippers, the witch isn’t the same color green, the Emerald City looks different, etc. It’s close, but just different enough to avoid a lawsuit.
On its opening weekend, Disney and Raimi’s gamble paid off, grossing an impressive $80 million and work on a sequel has begun. The cash is rolling in for the Mouse House much to the chagrin of Warner Bros., who rightfully feels a certain ownership to the property.
The Los Angeles Times has a fascinating article on how the success of Oz will not only help Disney, but set up a major rivalry between them and Warners who has several Oz related projects in the pipeline including multiple movies at various stages of development. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012 by Angie Han
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- Disney chief Alan Horn promises to reveal Episode VII director “soon”
- Special effects artist Rick Baker hopes to return for more Star Wars
- Episode VII fan art speculates on what we’ll see in the new trilogy
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Disney’s search for a new exec to replace the fired chairman Rich Ross has come to an end today. Alan Horn, the former president and chief operating officer at Warner Bros., is the new chairman of Disney’s motion picture studio. Read More »
So with a sequel to The Dark Knight taking a backseat until Christopher Nolan can come up with the inspiration, what can we expect from Warner Bros next?
Will Superman return? Warner Bros President Alan Horn tells Collider that while they are “very anxious to bring Superman back” it will probably happen in “the next couple of years.” Not a confident answer if you ask me.
So what then?
“I think Green Lantern is probably the best guess but I can’t promise it at this moment,” Horn said, adding that it’s “On the runway. Hasn’t taken off yet, but we’re close.”
Meanwhile, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the filmmakers have already started scouting locations and interviewing key crew members in Sydney Australia’s NSW Fox Studios. Apparently the studio is in a bidding war with Victoria, British Columbia for the project, and a decision has yet to be made by Warner Bros. But it certainly is sounding like the greenlight is quickly approaching. Greg Berlanti is still attached to direct.