We have been waiting to hear more news surrounding Universal and director Jon M. Chu‘s movie adaptation of Wicked. And our patience has paid off! Chu dropped a special announcement on his Twitter, explaining what is on the horizon. While he can’t share all the exciting news, it seems we won’t have to wait long for that. He did share that the story will be told over two feature-length films.
Chu’s announcement explains that when the team had begun preparations for Wicked, it was clear to them that the entire story wouldn’t fit into a single film, significantly cutting out pieces of the story. For those who have read the novel, we can see precisely where Chu is coming from. Each plotline and character helps drive the story forward and losing most of them would make the story feel incomplete. Thankfully, we won’t have to worry about Wicked cutting torn apart.
Instead, Chu and his team will be telling the story over two films. This allows them the chance to really dive into the story and characters and provide the best adaptation they possibly can. Two films mean that we might get the opportunity to explore situations that appear in the book that did not make it into the musical. And we would love to see how they are able to expand even further to bring a whole new experience to the film. Depending on how well it goes over, it might even be possible for the other books to be adapted.
The adaptation stars Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba and Ariana Grande as Glinda. The story is based on the novels by Gregory Maguire that inspired the highly popular musical that gave birth to a whole new world of Wicked fans.
Chu closed out his announcement with one final exciting detail. Wicked will release on successive Christmas holidays beginning December 2024. So while we still have quite a bit to go, we are that much closer to seeing this story told on the big screen. Are you excited to see two Wicked films? Let us know in the comments below and on social media!
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