'Oz' Sequel Won't Feature Dorothy and Sam Raimi Won't Direct

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Even before the opening weekend loot totals for "Oz the Great and Powerful" came along, Disney had been readying a follow-up, with "Oz" co-writer Mitchell Kapner rapidly scrawling the next step for the Good Witch Glinda and Co.

Since "Oz" itself was a prequel to the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz," one might've suspected movie two to include Miss Kansas herself, Dorothy, and those three needy pals of hers, but not so.

Nope, producer Joe Roth has assured that the "Oz" sequel "would absolutely not" involve Dorothy and her little Yellow Brick Road-wandering ventures, but instead it'll take place before those events.

Scribe Kapner explained, "It's 20 years before Dorothy arrives. A lot can happen in that time."

Indeed it can, and "Oz" hinted at a Sunflower State sweetheart who might just be Dorothy's momma. Since we never got to meet that character in "Wizard of Oz" — Dot lived with Auntie Em and Uncle Henry, remember? — that storyline could prove juicy enough.

Problem is, director Sam Raimi isn't coming back for movie two.

Raimi told Bleeding Cool that while he "did leave some loose ends for another director if they want to make the picture," it won't be him. "I was attracted to this story but I don't think the second one would have the thing I would need to get me interested."