‘Wicked’ Movie Gets 2019 Release Date

Wicked movie release date
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Wicked” will finally take flight in 2019.

The long-awaited “Wicked” movie adaptation will be released on Dec. 20, 2019, Universal announced on Thursday.

Stephen Daldry is directing and Marc Platt is producing the big-screen take on the hit Broadway musical and bestselling book. Both are also producing the long-running stage show.

The Tony Award-winning stage musical was adapted from Gregory Maguire’s bestselling novel, “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” by book writer Winnie Holzman and Oscar-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who are also collaborating on the screenplay adaptation.

“Wicked” is produced on Broadway by Platt, Universal Stage Productions, the Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

The original Broadway production about the untold story of the witches of Oz starred Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. The show — now in its 13th year — has won three Tonys. It’s the 10th longest-running Broadway play of all time and has grossed more than $1 billion at the box office.

The play is an alternative telling of the 1939 classic movie “The Wizard of Oz,” which was based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 story of the same name.

Universal’s “Mamma Mia” is the highest-grossing Broadway musical-to-movie adaptation of all time. It earned $609.8 million worldwide in 2008.

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  1. LH says:

    Lady Gaga as Elphaba!

  2. Mike says:

    OMYGOD Nicole Kidman NEEDS to be in this!!!

  3. beatnik says:

    Samantha Barks would make a good Elphaba

  4. cadavra says:

    Uh, people, Chenoweth is 47 and Menzel is 45, and it’ll probably be another two years before it goes before the cameras. No amount of witchcraft on Earth is going to convince people believe that women in their late 40s will make believable schoolgirls. Give them other roles by all means, but if the two leads aren’t age-appropriate, it’s going to raise a crapstorm of vitriol among the fangirls.

  5. Tina of fakenewspapersdotcom says:

    Fantastic! Can’t wait to watch this!

  6. gabe says:

    well its happeed

  7. Jude Samson says:

    Ummmm, all this article did was rehash old news about the play. There was nothing about the movie really and you know the only reason people are interested is to find out if Chenoweth and Menzal will be reprising their roles for it.

  8. Here’s all I have to say…. you’re making me wait 3 more years, don’t mess it up.

  9. Austin S. says:

    I want Lea Michele to play Elphaba considering how well she matches Idina’s voice.

  10. gmatusk says:

    It is unrealistic to expect Menzel and Chenoweth to reprise their roles after all these years, but they should have some roles in the cast. The wonderful Broadway diva Megan Hilty is still young enough to possibly play Glinda, the blonde witch. If Universal chooses not to cast Megan Hilty, then some role for her should be found in the cast. Another favorite of mine was Christine Dwyer, who played Elphaba, the green witch, in one of the touring companies and then eventually played the role on Broadway. So many wonderful stage performers to choose from — I hope Universal does this right and does not give the main roles to big name Hollywood movie stars who never appeared in the stage version! Please be considerate of the enormous fan base for the stage musical.

  11. charcramer says:

    What took them so long?? I want to see Idina and Kristin in the lead roles. There must be a way to make them look 13 years younger on camera.

  12. Malcolm says:

    Hopefully Menzel and Chenoweth will be asked/want to reprise their roles. :o)

  13. iamastageham says:

    It would be nice, if you use a photo for an article then name actors who played the characters, to have the actors named in the article match the photo of the characters used. Or at least cite the actors in the photo as well as the original Broadway actors.

  14. EricJ says:

    Good–Now that they’re finally making the real one, NOW can we pretend that “Oz the Great & Powerful”, “Legends of Oz”, and that Red Queen/White Queen “sister” plot of Tim Burton’s Alice never happened?

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