Something wicked this way comes... It's Wicked the movie! Everybody's favorite broadway musical will be hitting the silver screen soon. Although it was slated for a 2016 release, there hasn't been much news about it yet. So here's a round up of everything we DO know about Wicked the movie.
1. It Will Have The Same Amazing Soundtrack...
Wicked may have started out as book by Gregory Maguire, but it's unlikely it would be flying onto the big screen if it hadn't become the Broadway super sensation it is today with the gorgeous score by Stephen Schwartz. Luckily there's no chance of seeing it on the big screen without that gorgeous soundtrack to go with it.
2. ...And The Same Quality Script
Winnie Holzman converted Maguire's book into the Broadway script, and now, Cinema Blend says she's on board to do the same for the film.
3. It Will Feature Fresh Faces
Unfortunately, there's zero chance of Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel reprising the roles they made famous. In an interview with Elle, Menzel disclosed the disappointing news:
"I would die to be in [the film], except I'm afraid Kristin [Chenoweth] and I… they told us we're a little over the age for that."
But she did say she'd love to be involved in some way — even if that means playing Elphaba's mother!
Check out this fan casting from a while back and leave your own casting suggestions in the comments!
4. It Was Always Meant For The Big Screen
Back in the '90s, movie producer Marc Platt and Universal Pictures snapped up the rights to turn Maguire's story into a movie. But all the early versions of the script seemed to fall flat.
Meanwhile, acclaimed composer Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin) found the story on his own and could already hear those Tony-winning tunes in his head. So when Platt decided to bring the show to the stage, he teamed up with Schwartz, Broadway producer David Stone and writer Winnie Holzman, and the rest is multi-billion dollar smash hit history.
5. Universal Pictures Is Going To Produce It
According to Variety, Universal president Jimmy Horowitz says the studio is "absolutely committed" to Wicked The Movie.
6. There's No Rush
Although Wicked The Movie originally had a 2016 release date, spring is just around the corner and there's no further news of a finished script or official cast.
Producer Mark Platt put it like this to Cinema Blend:
We will make the movie, but like I said, the bar is really high. We’re going to scrutinise our work on the screenplay and our prep on the movie, and when we feel like it’s ready, okay. We’re not going to shoot a release date is what I’m saying.
And President Horowitz might be "committed," but he won't commit to a date, either. He told Variety,
“I don’t think we’re ever going to set a date and try to make that date."
*heavy sigh* That's show biz, huh?