While talking to producer Marc Platt for his latest release, Into the Woods, he told me that the Wicked movie is in development and that “when it’s ready and I feel like everything is great, then the movie will proceed.” We still don’t know for sure exactly when that’s going to happen, but Platt did just reveal a target release date – 2016.
In case you haven’t read the book or seen the Broadway musical, both of which I highly recommend, Wicked is “the untold story of the witches of Oz.” Well before the events of The Wizard of Oz, there was no Wicked Witch of the West. She was just Elphaba, a young student dreaming of working alongside The Wizard. Hit the jump for more on Platt’s plans for the Wicked movie.
When Film Divider asked Platt if Wicked was heading towards a 2016 release, he told the outlet:
“Yes. But it’s not set in stone. The process of developing that movie has begun, we’re working on it, and whether it makes 2016 or not, I’m not so sure.”
Platt further explained:
“It’s a loose goal. But the bar is very high for the creators of Wicked. Our show is still so strong everywhere, and we just set a record in both London and Edinburgh last week, and in Los Angeles, and we did on Broadway. Audiences enjoy that show so much that we are intending to move forward on the movie but aren’t going to do so until we’re satisfied in the material we have as a screenplay, and that the film will be every bit as satisfying as what we have on the stage.”
Winnie Holzman, the writer behind the award-winning book for the musical is penning the script and Platt also confirmed that Stephen Daldry is still attached to direct:
“It’s Stephen Daldry. He’s been on for a year or two. But it’s in process. 2016 is the goal, but I don’t know whether we’ll make that goal or not. We will make the movie, but like I said, the bar is really high. We’re going to scrutinise our work on the screenplay and our prep on the movie, and when we feel like it’s ready, okay. We’re not going to shoot a release date is what I’m saying. It’s in the works, it’s not in a rush. It took 27 years to make Into the Woods into a film from its original stage production, and 30 years with Les Mis. Some things take time for a reason.”
It’s nice to know that Platt and his team are gunning for a 2016 release, but as he points out, they’re not moving forward until they’ve got a top-notch script and clearly that hasn’t happened yet. Perhaps they’re getting close and that’s why Platt is being so open about it, but we’ve been talking about a Wicked movie for years now, so until it gets an official green light, I’m keeping my hopes and expectations in check.