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"Oz The Great and Powerful" Sequel Details Revealed

Posted: March 12th, 2013 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"Oz The Great and Powerful" Sequel Details RevealedSubmit Comment
Despite the fact that anyone can use the L Frank Baum's "Wizard of Oz" books for their own big screen adaptation, Disney took a gamble with "Oz The Great and Powerful," since Disney owns the rights to the classic 1939 film. Disney had to bring lawyers to the set during filming to make sure that none of the sequences use anything that Warner Bros created.

Warners is very bitter that "Oz" grossed over $150 million globally during its opening weekend, especially since the studio had three of its own "Wizard of Oz" films in the works. So while the opportunity to make money from ticket sales has been squandered, the studio is still planning a massive push of "Wizard of Oz" merchandise to profit from Disney's new film.

Meanwhile, Disney is moving forward with an "Oz The Great and Powerful" sequel and is still very careful about not being sued by Warner Bros. This is why producer Joe Roth revealed that the new film "would absolutely not" involve Dorothy.

"Oz The Great and Powerful" writer Mitchell Kapner is returning for the sequel, which he says takes place "20 years before Dorothy arrives. A lot can happen in that time."

Source: LA Times


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Taco writes:
on March 12th, 2013 at 8:32:39 AM

If anyone can use the source material, why all the lawyers and careful steps to avoid it? This artical makes no sense.
ENFORCER writes:
on March 12th, 2013 at 8:46:37 AM

I Don't really give a f*ck about this.
CyberpunkCentral writes:
on March 12th, 2013 at 8:46:54 AM

"since Disney owns the rights to the classic 1939 film."

lolwut?
andthebabymakes3 writes:
on March 12th, 2013 at 9:58:56 AM

Since MGM made up the songs and the ruby slippers, etc...Disney has to make sure they only use the public domain material and NOT any MGM/WB original ideas...

If I were Disney...I'd say "F it" and buy the rights...

If they only had a brain...
BadChadB33 writes:
on March 12th, 2013 at 10:48:25 AM

^ if only Hollywood had a brain.
Kurskij writes:
on March 12th, 2013 at 11:49:02 AM

"since Disney owns the rights to the classic 1939 film"

Cyberpunk already said it, but... Really? Like f*ckIN' REALLY?..
hellsingfan writes:
on March 12th, 2013 at 1:45:54 PM

@taco it's because somethings were made just for the film like the ruby slippers for example
Ip_man writes:
on March 12th, 2013 at 1:46:47 PM

what a confusing article.
minkowski writes:
on March 12th, 2013 at 4:42:10 PM

"since Disney owns the rights to the classic 1939 film"

Yes. It's cutely called the Mickey Mouse Protection Act, and it provides 120 years of copyright for corporate works published after 1978, 95 years for those before 1978.

Which means the Wizard of Oz may (or may not, given Disney and other studio's very extensive "lobbyism", which Adam Smith would have hated, but I digress) transfer into public domain in 2034, 21 years from now, which may be why they're ramping up this so-called franchise to have a stronger case to retain the original film material when 2034 comes rolling around.

But hey, you idiots who pay to see anything and everything they make only give them to power/money to pay to get sh*t like this passed, so why complain now?






















http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_Term_Extension_Act


The Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA) of 1998 extended copyright terms in the United States by 20 years. Since the Copyright Act of 1976, copyright would last for the life of the author plus 50 years, or 75 years for a work of corporate authorship. The Act extended these terms to life of the author plus 70 years and for works of corporate authorship to 120 years after creation or 95 years after publication, whichever endpoint is earlier. Copyright protection for works published prior to January 1, 1978, was increased by 20 years to a total of 95 years from their publication date.

This law, also known as the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, Sonny Bono Act, or as the Mickey Mouse Protection Act, effectively "froze" the advancement date of the public domain in the United States for works covered by the older fixed term copyright rules.

Under this Act, additional works made in 1923 or afterwards that were still protected by copyright in 1998 will not enter the public domain until 2019 or afterward (depending on the date of the product) unless the owner of the copyright releases them into the public domain prior to that. Unlike copyright extension legislation in the European Union, the Sonny Bono Act did not revive copyrights that had already expired. The Act did extend the terms of protection set for works that were already copyrighted, and is retroactive in that sense. However, works created before January 1, 1978, but not published or registered for copyright until recently, are addressed in a special section (17 U.S.C. 303) and may remain protected until the end of 2047. The Act became Pub.L. 105298 on October 27, 1998.

minkowski writes:
on March 12th, 2013 at 4:45:11 PM

http://oz.wikia.com/wiki/Copyright


Samuel Goldwyn purchased the film rights to the first Oz book in 1933. He sold the rights to the MGM studio in 1938, enabling the studio to create the classic 1939 film. The film rights to Baum's other thirteen Oz books were purchased by Walt Disney in 1954 which eventually resulted in the 1985 film Return to Oz.

So WB, not f*cking Disney.

minkowski writes:
on March 12th, 2013 at 4:45:54 PM

Recent ruling, clearing up this idiotically written article:

http://www.craveonline.com/film/articles/170617-warner-bros-wins-scary-wizard-of-oz-copyright-ruling


Hollywood Reporter reports that the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals found in favor of Warner Bros. on the following point: whether or not Frank L. Baum's original book is in public domain, the depictions of the characters of Dorothy, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion and The Scarecrow and all the rest are the property of the movie studio. To put it another way, you can make a Wizard of Oz movie all you want, but if the characters look anything like their depictions in the classic original film, then you have just violated Warner Bros.' copyright.
minkowski writes:
on March 12th, 2013 at 4:47:53 PM

All WB can do at this point is remake The Wizard of OZ, and all Disney can do is adapt the books to which they own rights, including any depictions of Dorothy so long as such depictions do not resemble WB's 1939 "creative interpretation".




f*ck, I hate corporations.
Dreamcast writes:
on March 12th, 2013 at 5:08:49 PM

There are certain elements invented for the original Wizard of Oz (1939) which were not present in the books. The books are public domain. The movie is not.

Maybe it's just me but the corporate lawyer maneuvering and studio small-print legalese seems much more creative and interesting than the movies that result from them.
Deaft0ne writes:
on March 12th, 2013 at 7:31:14 PM

@mink&vincere since no one is probably checking the 24 thread any longer.

@mink

I liked season 4 of Prison Break because it was like a season of Mission:Impossible or The A-Team and it seemed like the only logical direction to head in after season 2 was like a season of The Fugitive only with the great William Fichtner tracking down and killing multiple escapees.

Peter Stormares death outside the motel was quite a moment and that entire episode was a definite high note of the series.

@vincere

TOUCH is not cancelled just yet but it may be on the chopping block if FOX does not announce it returning for a 3rd season at their upfront presentation in May.

It's also possible that TOUCH will come back for a 3rd season in January 2014 taking over the Mondays @ 8 slot Bones has because this is the final season for glee and Bones could move to Thursdays @ 9.

Either way, the Friday @ 9 death slot on FOX was only kind to The X-Files and FRINGE. 2 shows very similar to the other with the former having a huge influence on the latter.

At any rate, if TOUCH is in fact sh*tcanned, Kiefer should try to get it made somehow. It is only dead according to Antoine Fuqua, not from the horse's mouth of Kiefer and/or Howard Gordon, the co-creator of 24.

The final episode of season 8 ended with Bauer a fugitive for obvious reasons and I would along with many others want to know what happens to the character.
Deaft0ne writes:
on March 12th, 2013 at 7:35:19 PM

I meant Kiefer should try to get the 24 movie made somehow if TOUCH is cancelled and he has downtime.
Tanman32123 writes:
on March 12th, 2013 at 9:55:56 PM

This movie can eat my ass
minkowski writes:
on March 12th, 2013 at 10:52:49 PM

Holy f*ck, a movie even Tanman won't watch! Call Ripley and Guinness!
Tanman32123 writes:
on March 14th, 2013 at 3:27:58 AM

I think the idea of this movie is just f*cking stupid lmao, Honestly it SO not needed lol.. But that's just me lol
matternm58 writes:
on March 14th, 2013 at 9:35:25 PM

Well that sucks I would like to see events leading up to when Dorothy's house landed on the Witch of the East. And I guess that makes sense since Glinda said she was the witch of the South in the new movie and was from the North in the 1939 movie. Unless somewhere in between she moves up North. lol. If you think about it though, Dorothy's trip to Oz lead us to believe that it was a dream she had or was at least left open to interpretation. Assuming it was a dream this is a prequel to a dream that the person dreaming had and has no ties to the dream. Let that put your mind in a rear naked choke, til your little brain taps out. lol.

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