News of the greatly anticipated movie adaptation of Wicked has been circulating for quite some time now, with frantic discussions of casting choices especially permeating the limelight. And after a few months of silence regarding the epic project, the composer and lyricist of the upcoming Wicked has just divulged some rather fascinating snippets of information at the San Diego Comic-Con — and we couldn't be happier about it.
This year, CW3PR's '8th Annual Behind-The-Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection' panel brought together television and film's top composers, including a group of panelists including Jeff Russo (Fargo), Mac Quayle (Mr. Robot, American Horror Story, Scream Queens, The People v. O.J. Simpson), Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, Salem, Kingdom), Mike Suby (The Vampire Diaries, Containment, The Originals), Bill Brown (Dominion, CSI: NY) and Christopher Drake (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Yoga Hosers). Wicked's Stephen Schwartz was naturally amongst the big players and creatives in the industry.
Following a discussion of the scoring processes required to bring some of the best TV shows and movies to life, Schwartz turned his attention to Wicked.
Apparently, there will be some enhancements to the standard song list associated with the long-running musical. The composer has revealed that the musical will feature newly written songs alongside the ones we already know and love from Broadway such as "Popular," "The Wizard and I," "What Is this Feeling?" and "Dancing Through Life" (quite frankly, the list is endless.)
Speaking about the new music, Schwartz's exact words were:
"I can tell you that at least as of now there will be probably four new songs in the movie."
Here's the clip of the announcement:
Sounds exciting! Who will sing them? What will they be about? We need to know now!
While the details regarding the music in Wicked remain shrouded in mystery, and we wait for more production gossip to trickle out, here are three more things that we do know so far:
1. Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth aren't in it
While Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth brought to life Elphaba and Glinda in the original Broadway musical, they've firmly said "I'm Not That Girl" to the screen adaptation. Speaking to Elle magazine some time ago, Idina disclosed:
"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."
As for Kristin, she agrees and also has had some suggestions up her sleeve on who should play her iconic character. Earlier this year, she said:
“For someone in their 20s, I would go for Dove Cameron [as Glinda] and Lea Michele [as Elphaba]."
As for a slightly older cast, she had these suggestions:
"Someone in their 30s, I would go with Beth Behrs [as Glinda] and maybe Zooey Deschanel [as Elphaba].”
2. The original story was always meant for the big screen
However, when the script came into being in the '90s, it didn't really do the trick in convincing Universal Pictures to make the movie. That's why Stephen Schwartz and Broadway producer David Stone teamed up with writer Winnie Holzman to bring it to the stage instead. Thankfully, the combination of talents proved to be a big hit and now here we are!
3. The release date has been moved back
Originally, Universal Pictures was adamant that the movie adaptation would grace our eyes as soon as 2016. Now though, with production going full-steam ahead, this has been pushed back.
Currently, the studio is scheduled to release Wicked on December 20, 2019 — a huge 15 yeas after the Broadway debut. "What Is this Feeling?" One of sheer and utter excitement, that's what!
Are you excited?
[Sources: Entertainment Weekly]