WICKED Conjures IN THE HEIGHTS Director To Helm Film Musical (FILM NEWS)

The CRAZY RICH ASIANS filmmaker will direct the movie version of WICKED, the Wizard of Oz prequel Broadway sensation.

They’ve changed directors. For good.

Jon M. Chu has been tapped to direct Wicked, the film adaptation of the Wizard of Oz prequel phenomenon. Best known for Crazy Rich Asians; Chu has also recently steered the upcoming adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s In The Heights, set to open this summer.

Originally slated to be helmed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours, Netflix’s The Crown), the director’s chair for this big screen Broadway musical became vacant after Daldry had to back out due to other commitments.

Given Daldry’s suspect filmography (which includes the sentimental melodrama Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), the shift to Chu is an exciting upgrade, especially as it suggests that he’s been hired on the basis of how good In The Heights is.

Chu himself recently became available after backing out of spearheading the Willow series reboot for Disney Plus. It now appears that it was Wicked that wooed him away.

With no cast yet lined up, a filming schedule has yet to be determined, but now with Chu on the broomstick expect Wicked to start defying gravity soon, and at long last.

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