Behind his Twitter, the director Jon M. Chu (‘Crazy Rich Asians’) revealed that the adaptation of ‘Wicked‘ will be split into TWO parts.
The first part is scheduled to premiere in December 2024.
In an official statement, the filmmaker stated: “As we developed the adaptation, it became clear that it would be impossible to tell the story of ‘Wicked’ in just one film. As we tried to cut out characters and songs, those decisions started to compromise the source material that had enthralled us for so many years. So, we decided to make TWO movies! With more space, we will be able to tell the story of ‘Wicked’ as it should be told, with even more depth and surprises in the journey of these beloved characters.”
The director also promised that the films will present a “fantastic, animated universe full of dynamic characters” that will appeal to both fans of the musical and viewers unfamiliar with the source material.
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) April 26, 2022
The cast will feature Cynthia Erivo like Elphaba, the future Wicked Witch of the West, and Ariana Grande as Glinda, the future Good Witch of the South.
Marc Platt e David Stone will serve as producers.
Based on the novel of the same name by Gregory Maguirethe narrative recreates the fantastic world of Oz and tells the unlikely friendship of Elphaba, a green-skinned witch who would become known as the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda (formerly known as Galinda), the future Good Witch of the South (in original novel).
In 2003, the book was adapted for the stage. The musical was received with extreme acclaim from critics and the public, in addition to having brought Idina Menzel e Kristin Chenoweth in the lead roles and guaranteed Menzel the Tony Award for Best actress. In 2016, the play arrived in Brazil and won the hearts of the public.
Winnie Holzmanauthor of the theatrical reinterpretation, still remains tied to the project.