After years of clamouring, fans of the smash-hit musical Wicked are finally getting their wish.
Universal has been trying for years to get the project off the ground with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close). It seems the pair has finally defied gravity (GEDDIT!?) with a December 20, 2019 release date, which puts it in direct competition with a currently unnamed Walt Disney live-action fairy-tale movie.
Wicked is a musical stage adaptation based on the book by Gregory Maguire which tells an alternative version of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz from the point of view of the witches. The musical was written by Winnie Holzman with music and lyrics from Stephen Schwartz and produced by Marc Platt, all three of whom will be reuniting for this film adaptation. Platt was also a producer on Disney’s Into The Woods film adaptation from 2014.
The hit musical recently passed $1 billion production gross on Broadway with global ticket sales of $4 billion as well as receiving 10 Tony Award nominations and 3 wins. After running for 13 years, it has surpassed RENT to become the 10th longest-running Broadway show of all time. It is also attributed with kick-starting the careers of Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth who portrayed the two lead witches during the show’s original run in 2003. However, it is unlikely that Menzel and Chenoweth will be leading this film adaptation as they’ll be too old to portray the two witches as the movie predominantly takes place in high school.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Images: Universal Stage Productions