Sunday, May 26, 2024

Broadway Movies: “Wicked” Will Be Broken Into Two Films for Christmas 2024 and 2025


Something “Wicked” this way comes, but not for a while.

Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of the Broadway hit will premiere at Christmas 2024, and then again on Christmas 2025.

Yes, two parts. Chu said in a note on Twitter today that it was impossible to fit the whole megilla into one film, maybe even as long as three hours. So we’ll get a Part 1 and a Part 2 separated by a whole year. And this won’t even begin for 18 months plus.

“Wicked” the movie stars Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba and Ariana Grande as Glinda, the good witch. But no one else has been cast, there are no other details for casting. Or anything else.

One day our witch will come. But for Universal, patience will be a spell.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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