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Wicked (upcoming film)

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Produced byMarc Platt
David Stone
Screenplay byWinnie Holzman
Stephen Schwartz
Based onWicked
by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
by Gregory Maguire
Music byStephen Schwartz
Marc Platt Productions
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
CountryUnited States

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Wicked is an upcoming American musical fantasy film, based on Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's 2003 stage musical of the same name, which is in turn based on Gregory Maguire's 1995 novel of the same name.


The story of how a green-skinned woman framed by the Wizard of Oz becomes the Wicked Witch of the West.



In 2003, the novel was adapted as the Broadway musical Wicked. The musical was produced by Universal Pictures and directed by Joe Mantello, with musical staging by Wayne Cilento. The Broadway production has inspired long-run productions in Chicago, London's West End, San Francisco, and Los Angeles in the United States, as well as Germany and Japan. It was nominated for ten Tony Awards, winning three, and is the 6th longest-running Broadway show in history, with over 6,100 performances. The original Broadway production starred Idina Menzel as Elphaba and Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda.

In a 2009 interview, Maguire stated that he had sold the rights to ABC to make an independent non-musical TV adaptation of Wicked. It would not be based on Winnie Holzman's script.[1] On January 9, 2011, it was reported by Entertainment Weekly that ABC would be teaming up with Salma Hayek and her production company to create a TV miniseries of "Wicked" based solely on Maguire's novel. No further information, such as casting, has been revealed yet.[2]

It was also speculated that there will be a movie version of the musical.[3] Original Broadway cast members Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda and Idina Menzel as Elphaba have been mentioned as possible film leads. Lea Michele and Amy Adams have also been rumored to be potential leads. Potential writers include Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz. J. J. Abrams, Rob Marshall and Ryan Murphy have been mentioned as possible candidates for director.[4] In December 2012, following the success of Les Misérables,[5][6] Marc E. Platt announced the film was going ahead,[7] later confirming the film was aiming for a 2016 release.[8] After long development, Universal announced in 2016 that the film will be released in theaters on December 20, 2019, with Stephen Daldry directing.[9]


In May 2017, Schwartz stated that the film would feature "at least two" new songs.[10] On August 31, 2018, Universal put the film on hold, due to production scheduling, and gave the film adaptation of Cats the release date formerly held by the film.[11] On February 8, 2019, Universal announced a new release date of December 22, 2021, for the Wicked film.[12] On April 1, 2020, Universal put the film on hold once again due to Universal shifting release dates amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and gave Sing 2 the 2021 release date.[13] On October 20, 2020, it was announced that Daldry had left the production due to scheduling conflicts. A replacement director has yet to be announced, with rumors surfacing that Steven Spielberg may be eyed to take over for Daldry.[14]


  1. "Gregory Maguire on Wickedness Post-Bush". Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  2. "ABC, Salma Hayek developing 'Wicked' miniseries". EW.com. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  3. "Wicked". IMDb. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  4. Jamie Sharp (September 6, 2010). "Finally – Wicked: The Movie This Way Comes!". Archived from the original on January 3, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2010. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. Universal Chairman Wants 'Fifty Shades' for Summer 2014, More 'Bourne' and 'Van Helsing' Reboot (Q&A) Retrieved February 21, 2013
  6. LES MIS Hit Status Leading To WICKED At Universal? Retrieved February 21, 2013
  7. WICKED Film to Enter Development 'Soon' Retrieved December 13, 2012
  8. "Wicked movie finally seems to be on course, set for 2016 release". Film Divider.
  9. "Universal's 'Wicked' Movie Adaptation Gets December 2019 Release". Hollywood Reporter.
  10. "Stephen Schwartz: ‘Wicked’ Movie to Feature ‘at Least Two’ New Songs" variety.com.
  11. "‘Cats’ Will Pounce During Christmas 2019 Frame; ‘Wicked’ Moves" deadline.com.
  12. "Wicked Feature Adaptation Moved to December 2021" Comingsoon.net.
  13. Tartaglione, Nancy (April 1, 2020). "'Minions: The Rise Of Gru', 'Sing 2' Set New 2021 Release Dates; 'Wicked' Still Brewing Slot". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 1, 2020. Retrieved April 1, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. "'Wicked’ Director Stephen Daldry Exits Universal Movie Musical Adaptation" Deadline Hollywood.

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