Good news! (Talk of the movies) is not dead!
The screen version of one of the most successful Broadway musicals, Wicked, has finally been given a release date. The film, under Universal Pictures, is scheduled to be in movie theaters on December 20, 2019, reports NYTimes.
The movie will be directed by Stephen Daldry, who for his part has been focused on bringing the musical to the big screen, was reported to appear ready to make the movie for release this year. Until now, we have not heard of anything more definitive than this.
Rejoice and keep calm, Ozians.
Stephen Schwartz will once more be collaborating with Winnie Holzman (writer of the book for “Wicked”) for the film’s script.
According to Broadway.com, Schwartz also revealed during the San Diego Comic-con that the film will contain at least three new numbers, and that he is planning to incorporate at least one song cut from the Original Broadway to the film version.
And if like us, you are interested to know who the leads will be, we will all have to wait for further announcements.
In the meantime, shall we all play a game of casting? Tell us your dream cast for the film adaptation!
*Below is a video of Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked Manila press conference last February 2014.