Often ranking as the top-earning show on Broadway in any given week, and going strong for over a decade now, it was only a matter of time before Wicked got the big screen treatment. An alternate retelling of L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wizard of Oz, the musical is based on the political and social machinations behind the scenes of the Wizard’s rule in Oz before Dorothy’s arrival. The show boasts bona fide hits such as “For Good,” “Popular,” “The Wizard and I,” and the crowd favorite “Defying Gravity”. Now it appears that Elphaba (who is later known as the Wicked Witch of the West), and Glinda (the Good Witch of the North), are going to be featured in a big screen movie adaptation.
It seems like the success of Into the Woods has brought the prospect of the Broadway musical Wicked one step closer to finding it’s way to the big screen as producer Marc Platt (Into the Woods) has told Film Divider that the movie is eyeing a 2016 release, with Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (The Hours) set to direct.
There has been talk of a film adaptation since way back in 2012 with Daldry’s name always popping up in the mix, and now Platt has confirmed the rumor with a resounding “yes,” adding that:
“it’s not set in stone [but] the process of developing [the] movie has begun, we’re working on it, and whether it makes 2016 or not, I’m not so sure.”
Platt offers up some more information on the process of bringing Wicked to the big screen:
“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 scrutinise 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. It took 27 years to make ‘Into the Woods’ into a film from its original stage production, and 30 years with ‘Les Mis.’ Some things take time for a reason.”
Damn that took a long time to get Into the Woods and The Miserables to the big screen. Maybe we will be waiting a little longer than a year to see a movie adaptation of Wicked?! Platt also confirmed that Winnie Holzman – who is best know for writing the book to Stephen Schwartz Musical – is currently working on a screenplay for the Wicked Movie adaptation.
Who will be queuing up at the Box Office to see the movie adaptation featuring Elphaba’s downfall and transformation into the Wicked Witch of the West?
Via – ComingSoon.net