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Universal sets a release date for Wicked in December of 2019

06.16.2016
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The odds are pretty good that you're fully aware of Wicked and it's onslaught of catchy songs, but in case you're not, the show is a re-telling of THE WIZARD OF OZ, told from the perspective of the witches. There's been talk about a film for half a decade now, but it looks like Universal is finally ready to commit. WICKED will hit theaters on December 20, 2019. The film will be directed by Stephen Daldry (THE READER, BILLY ELLIOT), with Wicked writer Winnie Holzman and composter-lyricist Stephen Schwartz set to reunite for the film adaptation.

Like a lot of people, FROZEN introduced me to belting excellence of Idina Menzel, after which I sought out Wicked and rather enjoyed it! It's a fun story filled with some great music, so I'm hoping that the film does the play justice. It's going to be hard to top the original cast consisting of Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, but with 3 years standing between now and its release, there's certainly plenty of time to find the right people!

WICKED is scheduled to hit theaters on >December 20, 2019.

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7:54PM on 06/16/2016

I loved the book

and was so excited for the play and when I finally saw it, to me, it was a huge letdown. I hated it. I won't bother with the movie. It's not so much a retelling of The Wizard of Oz, rather Elphaba's (Wicked witch E) life prior to the story we all know. Any actual events from the movie are very minimal and kind of told in a far off way rather than experiencing them first hand. At least that's what I remember from the book. The musical may have been the same but I zoned out through much so
and was so excited for the play and when I finally saw it, to me, it was a huge letdown. I hated it. I won't bother with the movie. It's not so much a retelling of The Wizard of Oz, rather Elphaba's (Wicked witch E) life prior to the story we all know. Any actual events from the movie are very minimal and kind of told in a far off way rather than experiencing them first hand. At least that's what I remember from the book. The musical may have been the same but I zoned out through much so can't say. I give it a neutral because I'm well aware my opinion on this is in the minority and realize I'm biased.
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7:51PM on 06/16/2016

Wicked vs Episode IX...

I guess this theoretically will be going head to head with Episode IX if Disney sticks to the two year release cycle in December. Something has to compete with it and this is a Universal movie so its very possible. This movie should have a pretty large built in audience so it will probably do fine, but I would still want to keep two weeks distance from Episode IX if I were financing this thing.
I guess this theoretically will be going head to head with Episode IX if Disney sticks to the two year release cycle in December. Something has to compete with it and this is a Universal movie so its very possible. This movie should have a pretty large built in audience so it will probably do fine, but I would still want to keep two weeks distance from Episode IX if I were financing this thing.
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