It was previously reported that the long-rumored Wicked movie adaptation was finally greenlit (no pun intended) and has an official release date set for December 20, 2019. Stephen Schwartz, the composer/songwriter for the Broadway show, attended San Diego Comic Con and informed us that there will be new songs for the cinematic version of the story. Continue reading below for more details.
Schwartz spoke at this year’s Annual Behind the Musical panel at Comic Con and revealed that there will be four new songs included in the film. Three of them will be brand new tunes developed just for the big screen and the other one is a song that was previously cut from the stage version. This is similar to the Beauty and the Beast adaptation that is said to also have new songs developed for the live action film and incorporates a song, Human Again, that was originally cut (although that song was included in the Broadway run of the show). Schwartz confirmed that Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) will be directing the musical from a screenplay by Winnie Holzman (who wrote the Wicked stage musical).
For those unaware, Wicked is a prequel (and sidequel) for The Wizard of Oz that mainly follows Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda the Good Witch in a reimaging of the story (similar to what was done for Maleficent more recently). Here’s the description from Wikipedia:
“Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman. It is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, an alternative telling of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and L. Frank Baum’s classic 1900 story, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The musical is told from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz; its plot begins before and continues after Dorothy’s arrival in Oz from Kansas, and it includes several references to the 1939 film and Baum’s novel. Wicked tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda, (whose name later changes to Glinda the Good Witch) 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.”
Wicked is my favorite Broadway show (yeah, I know it’s a huge blockbuster and the most commercialized show but I still thoroughly enjoyed it and know every lyric). I’m very curious to check out the new songs that will be written exclusively for the film and can’t wait to see the cast for this version.
Are you excited that there will be new songs for the screen version of Wicked? What is your dream cast for the film? Share your thoughts below. I will keep you posted on new information for this project as soon as I hear anything.