"Something has changed within me, something is not the same!" These lyrics are about to take on a new meaning for fans of Wicked, because the iconic Broadway production is undergoing some modifications as it prepares for a film adaptation! Yup, you read that right! A Wicked movie is coming to movie theaters near you, hopefully as soon as 2016!
The decision for a film adaptation of the classic musical was made after the raging success Disney had with their 2014 musical effort Into The Woods; however, fans have been clamoring for a release for years now. Disney was apparently so impressed by the success of the film that they have decided to work with the same producer, Mark Platt, for Wicked's adaptation.
Platt is no stranger to the iconic prequel to The Wizard of Oz. He was involved with the production of Wicked's original Broadway run back in 2003. Since its debut, the musical has become the 11th longest-running show in Broadway history and has won countless awards. The musical, which tells the creation story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch, has toured the globe and has amassed an impressive following of fans.
Platt made the official announcement about his involvement in the Wicked adaptation to Film Divider earlier this week, revealing that plans were in motion for a 2016 release date. "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."
Although the masses are hungry (hangry, even?) for the film adaptation, Platt is insistent that he and his crew take the time to develop the project appropriately. Quite frankly, you cannot rush perfection, and Platt will accept nothing less. "It took 27 years to make Into the Woods into a film from its original stage production, and 30 years with Les Mis." Although we won't be waiting that long (hopefully), Platt and his team are in it for the long haul.
No cast members have been announced for the production yet; however, Platt did reveal the names of several other behind the scenes talent: Winnie Holzman has been selected to work on the film's screenplay, while Stephen Daldry will be taking over directorial duties.
As we wait for the film to defy gravity (and box office records), we think that now is the opportune time to begin discussions about who makes up your dream casts! Let us know who you would like to see playing Elphaba and Glinda below! Lea Michelle as Elphaba? Anyone agree?