Something is going on in Oz. john im choo He announced on social media that his upcoming musical adaptation “evilIt will be split into two films. Universal Pictures will release the first “Wicked” movie on December 25, 2024. The second “Wicked” movie will be released exactly a year later on December 25, 2025.
“Wicked” will mark Chu’s follow-up to his musical “In the Heights,” which opened to stir opinions in theaters and on HBO Max last summer. Ariana Grande And Cynthia Erivo She is set to star in the lead roles of both Glinda and Elphaba, respectively. “Wicked,” the prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” tells the story of everything that led to Dorothy’s arrival in Oz. In the original Broadway track, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth portrayed nemesis friends Elphaba, who would become the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda the Good Witch.
“While we’ve prepared production over the past year, it has become impossible to wrestle the story of ‘Wicked’ into one movie without doing real damage to it,” Cho wrote in a statement. “As we were trying to cut songs or trim characters, those decisions started to feel like killer compromises of source material that we all enjoyed for so many years. We decided to give ourselves a bigger canvas and make not one “evil” movie but two! With more space, we can tell a story “Wicked” is as it was meant to be told as we bring more depth and surprise to the journeys of these beloved characters.
Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the music and lyrics for the original Broadway show, is adapting the screenplay for “Wicked” with Winnie Holzman. Mark Platt, who produced the Broadway musical, is producing the film. The musical opened on Broadway in 2003 and is still running. The show grossed over $1 billion on Broadway and is second only to “The Lion King” as the highest-grossing Broadway musical of all time.
– John M Chu (@jonmchu) 26 April 2022