Good news, fellow Ozians! Universal announced that a film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical ‘Wicked’ will open on Wednesday, December 22, 2021!
‘Wicked’ was originally slated for December 20, 2019, however, Tom Hooper’s adaptation of ‘Cats’ took the date, while ‘Wicked’ changed its production schedule.
Stephen Daldry is directing with Marc Platt of ‘Into the Woods’ serving as producer. The film adaptation of ‘Wicked’ will be based on the three-time Tony Award-winning musical, which was itself adapted from Gregory Maguire’s bestselling novel of the same name. Winnie Holzman wrote the book for the musical which featured music by famed composer Stephen Schwartz. The original Dream Team are all on board for the film!
‘Wicked’ tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. ‘Wicked’ tells the story of the Witches of Oz, before Dorothy dropped in.
Opening on Christmas Day weekend, ‘Wicked’ will go up against ‘Avatar 3’ which opens on December 17, an untitled Disney live-action film, and an untitled Warner Bros. animated feature.
Check back for more news about ‘Wicked’ as it becomes available