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The film adaptation of Wicked has been nearly twenty years in the making, but it’s finally happening, and we have more details on the production via the musical’s original songwriter, Stephen Schwartz. While speaking about the upcoming movie musical, which has already been announced to be two films, the composer and lyricist shared why the movie was split up and hinted at where part one will likely end.
Wicked will be directed by Jon M. Chu, who memorably directed Crazy Rich Asians and In The Heights. The musical will respectively star Ariana Grande as Glinda and Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba after Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel originated the roles. Let’s get into the new information Stephen Schwartz recently shared to The Schwartz Scene:
Why Wicked Is Two Movies, According To Stephen Schwartz
When it was announced a few months ago that Wicked would be two films, Jon M. Chu shared that as pre-production continued, it became “increasingly clear” that it would be “impossible” to make Wicked as one film without doing some “real damage” to it. Schwartz has expanded on that with these words: