Musical theater fans rejoiced when we learned that an adaptation of the book-turned-Broadway-hit Wicked was in the works.
It’s been a long time coming. Good news is, now we finally know the official release date for Universal’s take on the magical musical Wicked. Bad news is, we’ll have to wait until December 2019 to see the movie.
Having been in talks to require the rights since 2004, the news felt long overdue when Universal announced they would be making the movie back in 2012. It wasn’t until 2015 that producer Marc Platt confirmed the ball was officially rolling.
While they didn’t quite , we’re just happy to know that a Wicked movie is really, truly in the works. Marc Platt, director Stephen Daldry, writer Winnie Holzman and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwart — the latter two of whom worked on the original Broadway production — are finally ready to bring us the musical movie of our dreams.
Based on the 1995 novel of the same title by Gregory Maguire, Wicked has quickly become one of the most popular shows in recent history.
Since the show opened in 2003 starring Idina Menzel (Frozen) and Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies), scores of fans have become obsessed with the alternate telling of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland. Earlier this year, Wicked became in the Broadway box office faster than any other title.
Wicked will be released in theaters on December 20, 2019.
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