It’s official, a Wicked movie is in the works and has a release date. Wicked is one of the biggest blockbusters ever on Broadway and has been seen by more than 50 million theater-goers worldwide, so with the latest resurgence of movie musicals it made sense that this would eventually get the big screen treatment. Continue reading for more details for the Universal announcement.
The report is that Wicked will be released on the big screen December 20, 2019 (a time frame that has worked well for musical adaptations such as Les Miserables). Right now the only competition on that date is an untitled live-action Disney fairy-tale. Here are the details courtesy of Coming Soon.
“The Wicked movie will be brought to the screen by director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) and producer Marc Platt (Into the Woods, Bridge of Spies). The three time Tony Award winning stage musical was adapted from Gregory Maguire’s bestselling novel, “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by book writer Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life) and three-time Oscar winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin), who are also collaborating on the screenplay adaptation.”
Wicked is a prequel/sidequel to Wizard of Oz that follows the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch in a reimaging of their characters from the beloved classic film. Here’s a synopsis from Wikipedia:
“Wicked tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the WickedWitch of the West) and Glinda, who struggle through opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, reactions to the Wizard’s corrupt government and, ultimately, Elphaba’s public fall from grace.”
I’m a huge fan of the Broadway show having seen it twice and, yes, memorizing all the songs. This has the potential to be huge film in the same way that it is a massively successful Broadway show. Everyone knows the Wizard of Oz story, so even those who haven’t seen the play will have familiarity with the source material. I’m curious to see who they cast as the leads since Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth sadly are too old to be portraying college students at this point. Any suggestions? Chime in below with your opinion about Wicked being adapted to the big screen and share your ideal casting.