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The coronavirus dominos continue to fall throughout Hollywood, as another film studio has shuffled release dates for some of its big movies. This time it’s Universal Pictures, which has now bumped Illumination Entertainment’s prequel Minions: The Rise of Gru for a whole year and has delayed the release of Sing 2 by five months. And what’s going on with that Wicked movie we’ve been hearing about for years? Get the details below. Read More »

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Wicked is defying gravity — and years of false starts — with an official release date. Universal has set the Wicked release date for December 2021, finally bringing the hit musical to the big screen. The feature adaptation of Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz‘s Tony Award-winning musical was originally set to fly into theaters in 2019, but its release date was taken over by Tom Hooper’s Cats.

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Something Wicked this way…still comes. Two years after a film adaptation of the smash hit stage musical was announced, Universal struck Wicked’s planned 2019 release date from its roster. But the musical’s creator Stephen Schwartz insists that — despite the lack of a release date — the Wicked movie is still in the works.

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The Cats movie has coughed-up a release date that will put it directly up against Star Wars: Episode 9. There was a time when other studios would flee from a Star Wars release date like a feline during a thunderstorm. But perhaps Universal is feeling frisky after the Solo underperformance. Which means you can now expect Tom Hooper‘s musical adaptation starring Taylor Swift, James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, and Ian McKellan to give Episode 9 a run for its money at the Christmas 2019 box office. More on the Cats movie release date below.

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A ‘Wicked’ Movie Will Try Defying Gravity in 2019

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There has been talk of bringing the beloved Broadway musical Wicked to the big screen for years now. Once upon a time (actually 2010), J.J. Abrams was supposedly in the running to make it. A year later, it had somehow transformed into a television miniseries. A year after that, director Stephen Daldry was being courted to take the helm. In 2015, producer Marc Platt talked about wanting go have a movie version in theaters by 2016 and that certainly didn’t come together.

But something finally clicked behind the scenes, because Universal has officially announced a Wicked movie and has given it a very friendly release date.

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Hot off the success of Into the Woods, producer Marc Platt has hopes of bringing another stage hit to the big screen. He revealed his hopes of getting a Wicked movie into theaters by 2016.

As of now, Stephen Daldry is still attached to direct and Winnie Holzman is writing the script. Based on the 1996 novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked is a retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West. More on the Wicked movie release after the jump.  Read More »

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As cinematic classics Heathers and Rocky try their luck on the stage, two beloved stage musicals are eyeing a leap to the big screen. The long-awaited Wicked adaptation is reportedly “gearing up,” while Spring Awakening aims to get going later this year with McG at the helm. (Nope, not an April Fool’s joke.) Hit the jump for the latest updates on these movie musicals.

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As film after film gets reworked for the Great White Way, two Broadway smash hits are, in turn, inching closer to the big screen. Universal’s been trying to put together a movie adaptation of Wicked (itself the stage adaptation of Gregory Maguire‘s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West) for a few years now with little to show for it, but now they’re actively courting Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close helmer Stephen Daldry for the gig.

Meanwhile, over at Sony/Columbia, Jon Favreau‘s gone from being the frontrunner to direct the studio’s Jersey Boys pic to actually negotiating for the job. More details on both after the jump.

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Every time we run a story about one of the Wizard of Oz films that are in development, the same question comes up: where’s Wicked? The Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West told the story of Oz from the perspective of the witch of the title, then spawned a tremendously successful stage musical, and there have been rumors of a film for several years.

But this may not be quite what you’re expecting. This version of Wicked, developed by Salma Hayek‘s company Ventanarosa Productions, is based on the novel, rather than the musical, and will see life as an ABC miniseries. Read More »

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