'Wicked' Movie Adaptation Could Be In Theaters As Early As 2016

Amanda Lager

The hit musical Wicked may hit theaters in 2016. Producer Marc Platt revealed in an interview that a screenplay for Wicked is currently in works with hopes that the movie version will premiere in 2016.

In an interview with Film Divider, Platt said that producers are inspired to move forward with Wicked due to its success both in the United Kingdom and the United States. Platt is also a producer for Into The Woods, which was released in theaters on December 25. Screenwriter Winnie Holzman is drafting the script for Wicked. Stephen Daldry will most likely direct.

However, the 2016 date is not set in stone. Marc says that producers want to make a quality film rather than create a poor film on a rushed schedule.

"2016 is the goal, but I don't know whether we'll make that goal or not. We will make the movie, but like I said, the bar is really high. We're going to scrutinize our work on the screenplay and our prep on the movie, and when we feel like it's ready, okay. We're not going to shoot a release date is what I'm saying. It's in the works, it's not in a rush."
"It took 27 years to make Into the Woods into a film from its original stage production, and 30 years with Les Mis. Some things take time for a reason."

Wicked follows the friendship between Glinda and Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba. The musical is based on Geoffrey Mcguire's 1995 novel and originally starred Idina Menzel as Elphaba and Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda. Wicked earned three Tony Awards and a Grammy.

UK cast members have previously shown support for a movie version of Wicked as covered by the Inquisitr. In 2013, Universal chairman Kevin Fogelson was excited that the company would create the movie. Universal also has majority rights to Wicked the musical. Nikki Davis-Jones (Elphaba) and Emily Tierney (Glinda) agreed that the broad scope of the musical would translate well to film.

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