Wicked is a Broadway and musical theatre phenomenon that’s still going strong since it opened on Oct. 30, 2003.
It has likely been responsible for the coming of age of an entire generation of theatre geeks. It’s the second-highest grossing show in Broadway history!
The big question for fans of the musical, which won Idina Menzel who originated the role of the witch Elphaba a Tony Award in 2004, has often been:
“When the hell are we going to get a Wicked movie?”
Guess what, guys? You’re in luck.
After years of delays, Universal Pictures announced on Friday that a Wicked film adaptation is scheduled to open on Dec. 22, 2021.
Filmmaker Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot and The Hours) signed on to direct, with a screenplay by writer Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life) and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Godspell) who penned the book and the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical.
Universal Pictures just announced that a feature adaptation of the blockbuster Broadway musical WICKED will open on Dec. 22, 2021, directed by Stephen Daldry. pic.twitter.com/kk358m940p
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) February 8, 2019
Do you hear that?
That’s the sound of the entire theatre community rejoicing.
WICKED MOVIE CONFIRMED FOR 2021 THIS IS NOT A DRILL pic.twitter.com/JAQ5fPKMXT
— lu🥀 (@hanleiarey) February 8, 2019
I will be INSUFFERABLE during this release get ready 🎶 when I meet the wizaaaaaaarrrrddddd 🎶 https://t.co/OLlLV1Y4kO
— Ira (@ira) February 8, 2019
I’d like to thank you all unconditionally for letting me know that a Wicked movie is happening. AND YES I WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE ROLE OF THE GREEN ELIXER.
— Jessica Vosk (@JessicaVosk) February 9, 2019
At this point I could be sitting in the movie theater, eating some popcorn, and be halfway through the Wicked movie and I still won’t believe it’s happening
— Katie (@katiebgrubb) February 8, 2019
You: "Oh, the Wicked movie has a release date."
Me: _already writing numerous explainers about Oz lore_
— Todd VanDerWerff (@tvoti) February 8, 2019
Then there’s the matter of casting.
Here’s some hot tea for you.
It is very amusing to watch Broadway Twitter argue over which Tony-nominated nobodies should star in the Wicked movie when you know full well they’re just gonna Autotune Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone.
— Rob (@r0bwatson) February 8, 2019
To be fair though, there are tons of versions of the Wicked movie musical out there.
Don’t believe us?
Oh, the Wicked movie? That was already filmed in my living room ten years ago with me playing all the parts…
— YesBroadway (@YesBroadway) February 9, 2019
Back in 2016, the Wicked film adaptation was said to be scheduled for a December 2019 release, but Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Cats took over that date, pushing Wicked back.
Don’t delay it again, Hollywood, or we’ll have to release our flying monkeys.