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Wicked is becoming a movie, but the release date isn’t until 2021

Wicked is becoming a movie, but the release date isn’t until 2021

Wicked poster

Universal Pictures’ movie adaption of the Wicked musical just got a 2021 release date.

The American film studio made the announcement on Friday (8 February) and confirmed a new time slot for the long-awaited adaptation.

It was originally due to come out 20 December 2019, but due to ‘unspecified reasons’, it’s now coming out on 22 December 2021.

Stephen Daldry (The Hours) is directing the Wicked adaptation and Marc Platt (Into the Woods) is producing it.

But little else is known about the new production.

(L-R) Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel perform
(L-R) Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel perform at the 15th anniversary of Wicked | Photo: NBC

The movie adaptation of Cats will take over the original 2019 release date.

Cats features a star-studded line up, including Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson and James Corden.

The story is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.

The story is from the perspective of the witches, Elpheba and Glinda. It offers a counter-perspective from L Frank Baum’s classic 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which later became a movie.

15 years of Wicked on Broadway

Last year, Wicked celebrated 15 years since it made its Broadway debut.

US network NBC hosted A Very Wicked Halloween, a special featuring guests like Ariana Grande, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth.

‘I didn’t realize it was going to be so emotional,’ Chenoweth told EW. ‘It’s been a fun journey, and I can’t believe it’s been 15 years.’

Menzel peformed a pop style version of the classic Defying Gravity, while Chenoweth interacted with the audience during her performance of Popular.

‘Get your phones out and start filming, I know many of you already are,’ Chenoweth told the crowd.

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