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‘Wicked’ Movie Will Be Split Into Two Parts – Fans Call It A ‘Money Heist’

The future of “Wicked” has changed – but is it forever?

Director Jon M. Chu announced that his upcoming film adaptation of the musical will be split into two parts.

The films, based on the hit Broadway show, will be released on Christmas Day 2024 and 2025.

Chu stated in his announcement via Twitter that “it would be impossible to fit the story of ‘Wicked’ into a single film without really doing damage to it.

“When we tried to shorten songs or trim characters, those decisions felt like fatal compromises with the source material that has entertained us all for so many years,” continued the 42-year-old filmmaker.

Chu explained that with two films it’s possible to give yourself a “bigger canvas,” to tell the story of Wicked “the way it was meant to be told, while still adding more depth and surprise to the journeys of these beloved characters.” bring to”.

The film becomes stars Ariana Grande, 28, as Glinda and Cynthia Erivo, 35, as Elphaba. In its original Broadway performance, the roles were played by Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel respectively.

Grande also shared the news to Instagram with the caption: “Some exciting news.”

While some fans seemed excited about it “Awesome x2”, Other called it “just a money robbery” and a “bad decision” during asked another skeptic: “How come a 2.5 hour stage musical (with a 15-20 minute intermission) doesn’t fit into a 2.5 hour film? I mean, does that give you ~20 *more* minutes on film for the same footage?”

A prequel to The Wizard of Oz, Wicked tells the story that led to Dorothy’s arrival in Oz. The musical is based on the 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire.

Jon M. Chu
Director Jon M. Chu announced that the “Wicked” movie will be split into two parts.
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“Wicked” opened on Broadway in 2003 and is the 11th longest-running Broadway show of all time. It has grossed more than $1 billion and is the second highest-grossing Broadway musical of all time behind The Lion King. by variety.

The adaptation isn’t Chu’s first. His musical adaptation of “in the heights‘ premiered in theaters and on HBO Max last summer.

Winnie Holzman is adapting the “Wicked” script with Stephen Schwartz writing the original music and lyrics. Marc Platt produces through his production company Universal.

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Dais Johnston

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