ByAllanah Faherty, writer at Creators.co
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Every movie deserves the chance to fly, and after a long wait, Wicked fans can finally rejoice at the news that the film adaptation of the beloved musical has an official release date of December 20, 2019.

Universal announced the news on Thursday much to the excitement of fans who have been patiently waiting for a confirmed date ever since the news of a musical-to-movie adaptation was announced back in 2015.

Wicked is an alternative telling of 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz and follows the story of the unlikely friendship between the film's witches, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and G(a)linda (the Good Witch).

In the original Broadway show, Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies, Glee) portrayed G(a)linda, while Idina Menzel (Frozen, Glee) played Elphaba, winning a Tony Award for her work. Altogether the show won three Tony Awards and a Grammy since opening in 2003.

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The film will be directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and produced by Marc Platt. The screenplay is to be written by the musical's book writer, Winnie Holzman and composer-lyricist, Stephen Schwartz. Both the musical and the film are adapted from Gregory Maguire's best-selling novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.

Wicked had originally been lined up to become a movie, with Maguire having released the rights to Universal, who had plans for a feature film. However, after Schwartz discovered the book — and after much persuading — it was first adapted as a musical. 13 years after debuting on Broadway, Wicked became the first ever Broadway show to make $1 billion, perhaps an indication of what Universal can look forward to when the film is released in 2019.

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Source: Variety


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