There’s been a spike in movie musicals of late for better (Into The Woods) and worse (Annie). Yet bizarrely, one sensational stage show that seems destined for a big, flashy movie adaptation—what with its flying witch, grand fashion, twisted take on a classic tale, and killer musical numbers—has been wallowing in development. But it sounds like Wicked might soon be ready to soar.
Film Divider declares producer Marc Platt has confirmed early reports that Wicked is planned to hit theaters in 2016. The producer of musicals like Into The Woods and Josie and the Pussycats offered:
“Yes. But it’s not set in stone. The process of developing that movie has begun, we’re working on it, and whether it makes 2016 or not, I’m not so sure…It’s a loose goal. But the bar is very high for the creators of Wicked…Audiences enjoy that show so much that we are intending to move forward on the movie but aren’t going to do so until we’re satisfied in the material we have as a screenplay, and that the film will be every bit as satisfying as what we have on the stage.”
In further good Wicked news, Platt revealed that Winnie Holzman has been brought on to craft the screenplay. The celebrated writer not only penned the dialogue for Broadway’s Wicked, but also the awesomeness that was My So-Called Life.
And set to direct the Wicked movie is Stephen Daldry, the helmer who brought us the delightful dance movie Billy Elliot and this moment:
For now, Holzman’s working on the screenplay, and the rest of the filmmakers are hopeful that it’ll be ready and remarkable in time for a 2016 release date. US too.