Coming In 2019: Wicked The Movie

Via the Hollywood Reporter:

Universal’s Wicked is finally a go. The studio announced Thursday that the musical adaptation of the hugely popular Broadway show and book will open in theaters Dec. 20, 2019. That puts Wicked in direct competition with a yet-to-be-revealed live-action fairy-tale movie from Disney.

Stephen Daldry has long been set to direct Wicked for producer Marc Platt and Universal, who are also producers of the long-running stage show, which is based on Gregory Maguire’s novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Writer Winnie Holzman and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz, collaborators on the Broadway show, are reuniting for the film adaptation.

The Broadway show is in its 13th year and has grossed over $1 billion. (Tipped by JMG reader Eric)

  • Mister Don

    JMG: and they didn’t select you to send the Flying Monkeys?

    • DaddyRay

      Yet here we are

  • Michael Rush

    I recognize that hair from somewhere – ???

    https://s32.postimg.org/um8d040px/flying_monkey.png

  • Joe knows who I am.

    #WeAreXalapa

    #PrayForXalapa

    • Treant

      #XalapaOrBust

      • Joe knows who I am.

        This occurred 3 weeks ago. THREE!

        And not a single word was said here, no prayers, no acknowledgement.

        http://instinctmagazine.com/post/media-overlooked-15-dead-mexican-gay-bar-mass-shooting

        • billbear1961

          Have you told Joe?

          HE will report on it.

          • Joe knows who I am.

            I’ve not told Joe yet. I just saw it myself first thing in the morning. This post was a primer in case I couldn’t get to it quickly. I’m out walking my dog right now. For me his needs are always first. After coffee of course. 😊

          • TuuxKabin

            You are a good food guy to your Dog!

            Again, here’s the link from JMG posted by I don’t remember who, on June 15.

            http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2412733&CategoryId=14091

        • Jeffrey

          It sounds like the story is being suppressed, which is why news outlets can’t report much on it. They don’t have many facts to report on. The report says between 4 and 15 dead. Three weeks later and they still don’t even know how many are dead?

          • Joe knows who I am.

            Exactly! And the questions are who is suppressing it and why?

          • Jeffrey

            Probably the Mexican government. Violence like that has devastated tourism there. Tourists getting raped and murdered and the mass murders of their own citizens. There are probably a hell of a lot more things that we don’t hear about.

          • Nychta

            And there’s more. Learned of Xalapa shooting from this thread, then found this:

            “Xalapa shooting: 20yo arrested, allegedly tortured”

            http://www.gaynz.com/articles/publish/3/article_18429.php

          • TuuxKabin

            Thank you Nychta.

          • Joe knows who I am.

            Some have also suggested that our Government is in there too due to to the ATF’s “Gunwalking” scandal. Hey, don’t shoot the messenger.

          • TuuxKabin

            A lot.

          • TuuxKabin

            See Jeffrey’s reply below. Lots of cover up happens in Mexico. A lot. The government is in denial about many acts of violence, disappearances, drug cartel dominance. That government is just about hanging on by a thread.

        • Treant

          We do tend to be a bit American-centric around here–understandable, I suppose, since most of us are Americans.

          • Joe knows who I am.

            I know, but that’s not a good excuse considering the support we’ve gotten in the past on things like 9/11 and now Orlando, and including the fact that Joe reports on LGBT news worldwide these days.

            We need to be upping our game when it comes to places outside the U.S.

          • TuuxKabin

            Not just ‘around here’. Mexicans are americans as well. Latin Americans. We’re all one.

        • TuuxKabin

          It was mentioned, either Monday or Tuesday passed, with a link to a latin american newspaper. I remember commenting on Xalapa, surrounding area. Lots of Olmec ruins. A lovely town and the people were most gracious. They’re called xalapenos, like jalapenos. There’s an avenue, avenida xalapenos ilustres, ‘illustrious xalapenos’. Unfortunate how rapid the state of Vera Cruz descended to such violence. Thank you for bringing it back up. My sympathies and condolences to the people there.

          • Joe knows who I am.

            Thanks. Admittedly I don’t catch it all, but I do try! 👌🏼

        • Ray Taylor

          I remember reading something about the attack, probably a twitter link. I don’t know why it slipped my mind. Wish I had said something.

  • Reality.Bites

    The article Joe linked doesn’t address it, but the answer is no, no casting has been announced. It certainly won’t be Idina and Christina, who are way too old to play the roles of university students.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Sorry honey, Kristin. She’d drop a house on you if she saw that. Saw them and Joel 3 weeks after it opened. They were stellar.

      • NIFP

        HA! I’ve always loved that line, “drop a house on you,” and then it became a song when I was young and beautiful and dancing my youth away in Chicago’s clubs. “Drop A House (On That Bitch)” by Urban Discharge. The vocalist was Heather Leigh West. Here’s a link to one of many versions on YouTube:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhSwACfP7bE

      • Reality.Bites

        I honestly don’t know how I did that. Possibly my mind was racing ahead to Chenoweth.

        At least I didn’t go as badly as Adele Dazeem.

    • romanhans

      A little bird told me it’ll be Kristen Stewart and Kendall Jenner.

  • WebSlinger
  • lymis

    Does the director have experience with musicals? I can’t question the quality of his work, but not everyone who’s a great director can pull off a musical.

    I would suck to wait this long and have it fall short.

    • Reality.Bites

      He did Billy Elliott the movie and the musical on stage.

      But of course it’s not just the director. Musicals on screen are notoriously difficult to pull off.

    • Randy503

      I would suck while Im waiting too.

      • Lars De

        And I’m sure some of those fell short too. But that’s ok, sometimes you just gotta work with that they have.

      • lymis

        Normally, I’d edit the typo. In this case, it works either way. It’s a long time until 2019.

  • Sam_Handwich

    i hope they release a breakfast cereal too

    • M Jackson

      Yummy. Did you vote for Quisp or Quake?

      • Lars De

        Quisp. Always Quisp. Quake didn’t survive, Quisp can still be found. Had some last week.

        • M Jackson

          But Quake was the hawt one. Even at the age of 7 I knew that.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            “Free Sample”

          • Lars De

            Agreed, but we all know hawt things never last.

  • Lumpy Gaga
    • DaddyRay

      Love the Rainbow finger

  • WebSlinger
    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

  • Randy503

    Competition? not at all. The more they have the happier I am!

  • Rod Steely

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they did a national search to “discover” two girls for the leads. It’s such a well known property I don’t think it needs stars except of course Meryl for Madame Morrible.

    • Jeffrey

      I already was hoping for Madame Meryl

  • madknits

    The book was better.
    (Ok, I’ve never seen the play because who can afford tickets?)

  • Jeffrey

    Wicked is an absolutely brilliant book. It is dark and political and has a strong theme of equality running through it. The show is one of my favorites, but it is considerably lighter than the book. Which isn’t a bad thing. What’s funny is that Gregory Maguire has written many books (including numerous sequels to Wicked) and I hated all of them except Wicked and Confessions of and Ugly Stepsister. Ive seen the show in Las Vegas, Broadway, London’s West End and Los Angeles and I can’t wait for the movie.

    • madknits

      I really loved the first book. The second was okay. The subsequent books in the series have been disappointing. Like much of Maguire’s work. He lives in Concord, MA (not far from Boston), with his husband and kids.

    • Raising_Rlyeh

      The book would be good as a HBO miniseries in my opinion. What’s really weird is there is now a book based on the musical based on a book that is based on another book.

      • NIFP

        Or even an entire series, like “True Blood.” And it’s not like they have to be bound by the actual books or anything, like “True Blood” and “Game of Thrones.” 😉

      • Cuberly

        It would be a wonderful HBO miniseries.

    • joeyj1220

      Agreed… I always thought the novel would make a great film without it being a musical

    • Cuberly

      I’ve read the book multiple times. Like you said, it’s brilliant. May have to turn in my gay card but I really can’t stand the musical. I understood, theater wise, why they went the direction they did, but wow was it pale compared to the book.

      • Jeffrey

        I think the book was too deep and dark for a musical to fully reflect. Plus it would have been less marketable. They definitely Disneyfied it into the musical it became.

        • Austin Bennett

          It’s like, “Let’s design a show based on the novel, but let’s write this new story that has nothing to do with the clock. That works.” Watching the show is amazing for the spectacle, but not much else.

          I agree with you about his books. I first read Confessions and loved it. I wasn’t impressed with any of the Wicked sequels.

  • Treant

    I hate to say it, but I didn’t care for the book(s, actually) and didn’t see the musical. My parents did, though, and didn’t care for it.

    • motordog

      I saw it, with the original cast, and loved it…

      • Treant

        I’m glad. Different strokes and all that.

        • Robincho

          I try different strokes now and then, but as a rule I’m pretty happy with the ol’ tried and true ones. They work for me…

          • Treant

            Yeah, me, too. I’m very old-fashioned that way and tend not to go past what our Greek forefathers taught us.

          • Robincho

            Sorta o/t here, but if Turkey were to invade Cyprus from the rear, do you think Greece would help?…

          • Treant

            How hot is the average Cypriot?

          • NIFP

            Very.

          • Robincho

            Maybe not hot enough to drink a sixpack of, but a few cyps would probably not hurt…

    • M Jackson

      If you’re going to pay $100+ to see a Broadway show, then “Wicked” will certainly give you the most bang for your buck. Jam-packed with tunes and special effects, strong performances and plenty of plot twists. I saw the original cast and still remember it fondly.
      (I couldn’t make it past the first chapter of the book, though.)

  • JK3

    Now they just need to get the casting right.

    • JCF

      Please let their be EPIC “I will be your Scarlett O’Hara”-type fights!

  • Lars De

    Ok, I’ll be the downer on this one. Nothing against this show (I’ve never seen it) but it’s just another example of how Hollywood no longer produces anything original. Everything is a remake, rehash, or very very heavily based on something else (i.e. stolen from). At least we can be thankful for streaming services and a handful of cable tv channels who are kicking out some daring, thought provoking, and original work.

    • Jeffrey

      You should see Wicked. Its actually very original take on life in Oz before Dorothy. Its a book that is worth a read, as well. Turning a mega musical into a movie isn’t what I would call a remake. It hasn’t been made before and will be a completely different entity than the show because there will be so much more they can do. Check it out if you get the chance.

      • Lars De

        Not a remake but a rehash perhaps? I appreciate your recommendation but doubt highly that I’ll ever see it on stage or on film. I’ve heard pieces from the original soundtrack, it’s just not my style. As for the book, I’d definitely consider that.

        • NIFP

          Personally, I really enjoyed the books, although my favorites were the second (it’s hard not to like a book called “Son of a Witch”) and third in the series. I loved hearing at work and other places about a lot of reader’s groups choosing “Wicked” as their book of the month to discuss after the success of the musical, and then being appalled at the language and storylines of the source material.

    • another_steve

      It’s the Hollywood remakes of classic/blockbuster films that puzzle me. Like, why do it?

      I suppose one rationale is that the kids want to see their latest hotties on the big screen, and the thought of starring in a movie with a time-proven quality script and plot line is appealing to the latter.

      • Lars De

        I think you’re exactly right about that. But there have been enough flops to prove that previous hit + current hotties does not always = winner.

    • TuuxKabin

      How come I always agree with you? I see your name and avatar and I’m all ‘oh good, a like minded sensibility’.

      • Lars De

        You secretly love me, and that’s alright. I like to believe that most of the people who have loved me kept it secret because they surely didn’t tell me to my face. 🙂

        • TuuxKabin

          Don’t make me link a Doris Day song to you . . .

          • Lars De

            Sounds kinda kinky! I don’t think I’ve ever been “linked” before.

          • TuuxKabin

            Ha! No Daisy Chains?

            Here’s the song. A bit schmaltzy, but I’ve always enjoyed Doris Day’s acting, singing and humane nature.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU8tQpCZEzg

    • joeyj1220

      I’ve never understood this critique… Hollywood has ALWAYS done adaptations. Gone With the Wind, The Philadelphia Story, Captains Courageous (and pretty much any other title from the “Golden Age” of Hollywood) were based on previous works

      • Lars De

        Through the 60s, 70s, and early 80s Hollywood was a lot more willing to take risks on new, experimental, fresh works. I do agree with your statement to a degree but would offer that while Gone With The Wind was based on a novel it was considered a huge risk at the time. It wasn’t based on some something that had already been a blockbuster success.

        • joeyj1220

          I would agree that Hollywood is definitely much more concerned now with the insta-blockbusters than they ever have been. But in terms of remakes, I always look at it like various theater companies doing Shakespeare over and over. If it’s good, I’m okay with it.

        • Cuberly

          If you’re interested there’s a great book called:

          Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood

          “By the Oscar ceremonies of 1968, a cultural revolution had hit Hollywood with the force of a tsunami, and films like Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, In the Heat of the Night, and box-office bomb Doctor Doolittle signaled a change in Hollywood-and America.”

          https://smile.amazon.com/Pictures-Revolution-Movies-Birth-Hollywood/dp/0143115030/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466274421&sr=8-1&keywords=pictures+at+a+revolution
          I can’t recommend the book enough.

          • Lars De

            Thanks. I’ll definitely check into that.

    • NIFP

      “Hollywood no longer produces”? Who do you think made all those great (and not so great) musical films in the past? And where did most of them come from?

      • NO MORE GOP!

        Key word: “past”.

        • NIFP

          Well, I really liked “Chicago,” (and even that was almost 15 years ago) but I agree with you that successful Broadway adaptations are rare nowadays.

  • LeftyNYC

    I submit Lady Gaga as Elphaba!

  • greenmanTN

    The book “Wicked” is IMO pretty great, with complex moral questions all set within the framework of OZ. The musical “Wicked” is some horseshit bastardization of the book which makes it all about female friendship, which was a MINOR theme in the book.

    Call me when they make a real movie about the book rather than some screeching musical about grrrl power.

    • Jeffrey

      I like ve the book, and it would make for a great non musical movie. However, the musical is what made the book famous. And I love the musical as well, it’s just a different thing entirely. And neither Idina nor Kristin screeches. Know your gay icons lol

      • Tigernan Quinn

        Wildly disagree. Those high notes are NOT pleasant.

        • Jeffrey

          You would be in the minority there, but to each his own.

      • greenmanTN

        Ok ok. I was just looking forward to a straight forward telling of the book and suddenly it became a musical, which stripped a lot of the complex issues away. It made OZ a morally complex universe and I liked and made it it rather simplistic.

      • greenmanTN

        I refuse to admit that I am wrong! I will be here stamping my teeny weeny little feet until I am proved right!

        Not seriously, but,I always wanted to threaten that. “stamping,my teeny weeny little feet!” Idiots abound and I’m just one of them.

        • Jeffrey

          LOL everything isn’t for everybody and thats OK. I like all kinds of shows and there is something out there for everybody.

          • greenmanTN

            Hey, at least I got to whip out my stamping feet line! I would like to see a non musical version of Wicked, but I’m not really invested in it either way

    • Tigernan Quinn

      No, I’m with you. I didn’t like the book, but I “got” the complex political and moral themes it was going for, and enjoyed it at least on that level. Then went to see the musical and I was like, what IS this? How do you take a story that intricate and turn it into screaming songs about….I guess empowerment?

  • Secure

    It will be right up against Star Wars: Episode IX.

  • Neely OHara

    Hmmmm, will I invest 2 hours of my life in watching this movie? Not until I get back the (seemingly) SIX hours of my life I spent watching the original cast on Broadway. Wish I’d invested cash instead of time — a highly profitable, loud, bloated bore…

    • Silver Badger

      The book was hard to get through too.

      • Tigernan Quinn

        THANK YOU. I have been unable to find anybody who agrees that either property was a bit of a mess, and not exactly enjoyable.

    • Jonathan R Carr

      I politely disagree. The book was a muddled mess, but the musical tightened the plot, corrected several weak points in the story-telling & came up with a much more satisfying ending. I’ve always been amazed that some people find it boring. To each his own, I guess. Many of my friends are scandalized that I dislike “Into The Woods” on stage. The movie was better, but not by a lot.

      • Neely OHara

        It’s possible that I might find the musical preferable when compared to the book (which I haven’t read) but that wouldn’t be saying much!

        And we part company on “Into The Woods” as well — I’ve been very moved by the 3 stage productions I’ve seen (2 Broadway and one dinky dinner theater!), but the movie (after a terrific first 15 minutes) left me cold.

        But I appreciate (as always) the civil exchange of ideas here on JMG!

      • CityWOOF

        I agree with you about the Wicked book and show for sure, Jonathan! Not about ITW, though.

  • Marides48

    What the… In 2005 I did the Universal Studio tour (California), where I saw a huge “Wicked” poster on a studio door.

  • NO MORE GOP!

    Although I read the novel and liked it, I don’t think I’ve even heard any of the songs from the musical. Does this mean I have to give my gay card back? Or is it enough that I don’t wear white after Labor Day?

    • JCF

      Yes, you MUST know “For Good”, or else turn in your gay card:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ0pXUb5jVU

      [Bonus points for “Popular” and “Defying Gravity”]

      • NO MORE GOP!

        That was very nice.

      • RudigerVT

        I really like that version. There’s a depth to the performance that I don’t think is possible in the theater (the dreary Marquis). But Kristi also sang this song, memorably, with a member of the audience at the Hollywood Bowl, to wit:

        https://youtu.be/agUnc3IiiHI

      • Dean

        The song is rather ho-hum. It does not inspire me to seek out the cast album. I’ve seen over 50 shows on Broadway, so I won’t turn in my gay card. This sounds about as exciting as “Sunday in the Park with George.”

  • Blobby

    if there were a non-musical movie version – the actual movie of the book – I’d be there. But not this. Never this.

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  • greenmanTN

    I’m The book “Wicked” is an interesting examinations of what it means to be “good” or “bad.” It sure as hell was not about some candy-ass message about female friendship!

    I would love to see a movie of “Wicked,” but not the lame musical version.

  • greenmanTN

    I’m sorry. I really liked “Wicked” the book. There were some interesting moral questions,

    There are some nice songs in the musical version, but I would much rather see a non-musical

  • WIGuy

    I am interested in the movie…always curious how they shape it from the musical to the movie version, but I doubt they can get the same effect as the musical.

  • Timothy Kincaid

    Didn’t they already make this movie? In 1939