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The ‘Wicked’ movie will get four brand new songs

21 July 2016 11:23 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It has been revealed that the movie version of the smash hit West End and Broadway musical of Wicked will contain four brand new songs not previously heard on the stage.

Deadline reports that the musical’s composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz told a panel at Comic Con yesterday that “At least, as of now, there will be probably four new songs in the movie,” one of them which was cut from the original Broadway production.

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.

Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’sunflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, »

- Paul Heath

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Wicked movie set for release in December 2019

18 June 2016 5:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal Pictures has officially set a December 20th 2019 release date for its long-gestating adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical Wicked.

Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is set to direct the film, while stage show writer Winnie Holzman and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz will also reunite for the project.

Based on Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the musical presents an alternative telling of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, exploring the tale from the perspective of the two witches.

Wicked has grossed over $1 billion on Broadway and more than $4 billion around the world, so there’s sure to be plenty of interest in the movie adaptation, which will go head-to-head with one of Disney’s as-yet-unrevealed live-action fairy tale movies.


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The ‘Wicked’ movie gets a release date

16 June 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Wicked movie: Film version of stage classic heads to cinemas in December, 2019.

The Wicked movie will be based on the long-running Broadway and West End classic.

Wicked movie will head to cinemas in 2019.

It looks like the film version of the hit international musical Wicked has got a release date. The film, which will be directed by Billy Eilliot helmer Stephan Daldry, will head to cinemas on December 20th, 2019, just a few days after Star Wars Episode 9.

The original musical is based on L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wizard of Oz, though it is an alternative story of the witches of Oz, adapted from the book “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by writer Winnie Holzman. The music and lyrics were composed by Oscar-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (GodspellPippin), and both talents will work on the film version’s screenplay. »

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Mark your calendar: the ‘Wicked’ movie just got a release date

16 June 2016 10:38 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Wicked will finally be on the big screen, 16 years after opening on Broadway. The movie musical adaptation of Elphaba’s story will be our Christmas gift when Universal StudiosWicked musical hits theaters on December 20, 2019. The studio revealed the film’s release date today. Producer Marc Platt (Into the Woods, Wanted) had previously said a 2016 release date was a “loose goal.” Platt and Universal (the company’s Stage Productions arm) were also behind the hit Broadway show retelling the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Since opening in 2003, it’s become the 10th longest-running Broadway show and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning three. Stephen Daldry, known both for his Oscar-winning (The Hours) and Tony-winning (Billy Elliot) work, is set to direct the film. No word on casting yet. Also no word on whether we’ll ever see a non-musical screen adaptation more directly adapted from Gregory Maguire’s Wicked novel. Salma Hayek was previously developing a mini-series based on the 1995 book. »

- Emily Rome

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