After much back and forth it appears a screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical “Wicked” is finally a go.
Universal announced today that the film is being set for a Dec. 20, 2019 release date. Stephen Daldry, who has been attached to the project for quite some time, is confirmed to be directing, with Marc Platt and Universal producing. Platt and Universal also produce the Broadway show.
The film will see writer Winnie Holzman and composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz reprise their roles for the film. Both Holzman and Schwartz created the script and music for the musical. “Wicked” tells the story of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” from the perspective of the witches.
The show, which is based off of Gregory Maguire’s book “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” has been nominated for a whopping 10 Tonys, and has won three of those.
The original stage cast included Idina Menzel (“Frozen”) and Kristin Chenoweth, but no word yet on if they will be reprising their roles in any way for the film.
For those unfamiliar with the “Wicked” story, the official synopsis for the musical is as follows:
Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin-smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships… until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”
WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of WICKED, Broadway really would be a magical place.”
The Gershwin Theatre on 50th Street and Broadway is that magical place. WICKED-the untold true story of the Witches of Oz-transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story. It will send your spirits soaring to heights you’ll never forget.
Stay tuned for more info on the “Wicked” adaptation.