For almost as long as it’s been playing on Broadway, a film version of the hit musical Wicked has been in the works. However, for most of that time it’s been trapped in development hell. With musicals tending to have a mixed record at the cinemas, it’s believed executives at Universal were nervous about making such an expensive musical movie.
It also didn’t help when Disney made Oz The Great And Powerful, which delayed the Wicked movie while they judged whether that film would mean people wouldn’t want another Oz movie. But while the adaptation has had major issues, Universal has never given up on it.
Now, it finally looks like they’re getting serious, as a December 20th, 2019, release date has been set. It’s still early days though, as while it has a director in the form of Stephen Daldry, there’s no cast attached as yet. However, giving it a release date at least signifies they’re getting really serious about bringing the musical to the screen.