It has just been announced by Jon M. Chu that the movie WICKED will be released in two parts. The movies will be released one year apart, starting in the 2024 holiday season.
Read Jon M. Chu’s full announcement below.
“Thank you for all the support over the past few months in anticipation of the movie WICKED. We have so many exciting things to share, but for now I’m giving you one…or two, rather. Here’s what happened : As we prepared for this production over the past year, it became increasingly clear that it would be impossible to turn WICKED’s story into a single movie without causing it real damage.
As we tried to cut songs or cut characters, those decisions started to feel like fatal compromises to the source material that has entertained us all for so many years. So we decided to give ourselves a bigger canvas and not just do one WICKED movie but TWO!! With more space, we can tell the story of WICKED as it was meant to be told while bringing even more depth and surprise to the journeys of these beloved characters.
Cynthia, Ariana and I, along with all of the cast and crew, are committed to creating nothing less than an experience that honors its foundation for all fans who have waited for this film, and to deliver an exciting and fantastical world full of character dynamics that beckon those unfamiliar. So brace yourselves, because WICKED is finally coming to your doorstep during the successive Christmas holidays from December 2024. Until then, I’ll keep you posted throughout rehearsals, filming, and even editing. Right here. We. To go.”
Jon M. Chu is set to direct the next film. Chu recently directed the acclaimed film adaptation of In the Heights. Chu’s other accomplishments include Crazy Rich Asians, Now You See Me 2 and Jem and the Holograms.
The film will be directed by Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba and Grammy winner Ariana Grande as Glinda. Their couple’s casting was announced via their Instagram accounts in November 2021.
Erivo made her Broadway debut reprising her starring role as “Celie” in the critically acclaimed revival of “The Color Purple.” She first performed the role in 2013 at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London and her performance on Broadway won her several awards, including the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, a Grammy Award as lead soloist on the original cast. recording of “The Color Purple” (Best Musical Theater Album), a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program, the Drama Desk Award, Theater World and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Erivo is also a two-time Academy Award nominee for her lead performance and original song for the film Harriet.
Ariana Grande began professionally pursuing her music career at just eight years old. She appeared in the original Broadway cast of 13: The Musical by Jason Robert Brown and played Penny Pingleton in NBC’s 2016 live broadcast of Hairspray. With albums such as “Sweetener”, “Thank U, Next” and “Positions,” Grande has won two Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, two Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, nine MTV Video Music Awards and 26 Guinness World Records.
Currently the 5th longest-running show in Broadway history, Wicked is the winner of more than 100 international awards, including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards. Since opening in 2003, Wicked has been played in over 100 cities in 16 countries around the world (US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore , South Korea, Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland and China) and has so far been translated into six languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean and Portuguese. Wicked has been viewed by over 60 million people worldwide and has amassed over $5 billion in global sales.
Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) April 26, 2022