Wicked has been the #1 musical on Broadway for well over a decade now, and it may be finally making its way onto the big screen in 2016. Producer Marc Platt, who was behind the recent big screen successes of Into the Woods and Les Misérables has also been attached to bring Wicked to the movies for several years now. Apparently, a cinema chain in the UK listed Wicked as being on their 2016 list of movies, which prompted website Film Divider to ask Marc Platt if next year was still possible for a release date. Platt replied “Yes. But it’s not set in stone. The process of developing that movie has begun, we’re working on it, and whether it makes 2016 or not, I’m not so sure.”
Writer Winnie Holzman, who wrote the book of the play, is currently writing the screenplay, and Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is attached to direct. According to Platt, “he’s been on for a year or two. But it’s in process. 2016 is the goal, but I don’t know whether we’ll make that goal or not. We will make the movie, but like I said, the bar is really high. We’re going to scrutinize 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. It’s in the works, it’s not in a rush.”
For those of you out there completely clueless when it comes to musical theater, Wicked is a 2003 musical adaptation from Stephen Schwartz of a 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire about the true story behind the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. Unlike the original film, Wicked casts her in a far more sympathetic light (and if that sounds like Maleficent, that’s because Disney kinda/sorta ripped off Wicked.)
The book was set to be adapted as a non-musical mini-series on TV some years ago, but nothing ever seemed to come of it. Most successful musical-to-film adaptations happen when the play itself is no longer “hot” or is simply no longer running, but if Wicked makes it to movie theaters in the next few years, it would be unusual, as the show is still doing huge business on Broadway and all over the world. Personally, I hope they make the movie an animated musical, so they can get original Broadway witches
Adele Dazeem Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth to reprise their roles.
[HT: Film Divider]