Well this decision should be pop-uuuUUU-lar.
Universal Studios announced today that the long-awaited film adaptation of the smash Broadway musical Wicked will finally hit theaters in 2019. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliott, The Hours) will direct and Marc Platt will produce. Both are currently producers of the stage production.
No casting decisions have been announced, but certainly there will be much anticipation to find out who will fill the slippers of Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, the original Elphaba and Glinda.
The story is a prequel to The Wizard Of Oz and is told from the Wicked Witch’s (i.e. Elphaba’s) point of view. Based on (the much more adult) novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire, it was adapted for the stage by book writer Winnie Holzman and Oscar-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz. The duo will collaborate on the screenplay.
The stage musical — now in its 13th year on Broadway — won three Tonys. It’s the 10th longest-running Broadway play of all time and has grossed more than $1 billion at the box office.
Wicked the movie will defy gravity in theaters over the holidays three years from now, on December 20, 2019.
And then, just a few months later in the new decade when it hits home video, we’ll finally be able to watch Wicked whenever we like. For good.