After years of talks, Universal Studios has announced that the musical sensation Wicked will get its big-screen adaptation under director Stephen Daldry. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be released December 20, 2019. No word on whether Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth will reprise their roles, but Wicked writer Winnie Holzman and music/lyrics composer Stephen Schwartz are set to return for the adaptation.
The Hamilton of its day, Wicked is currently in its 13th year on Broadway, securing its place on the top-10 longest-running shows list. It reframes the story of The Wizard Of Oz as a sympathetic portrait of the Wicked Witch Of The West and her complicated relationships with her sister, the Wicked Witch Of The East, and her nemesis-turned-friend, Glinda The Good Witch.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]