Jon M Chu has given an update on the progress of the long-awaited Wicked movie adaptation.
Wicked reveals the ‘true untold story’ behind the Wizard Of Oz and just what happened before Dorothy dropped in.
Featuring some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs, such as Defying Gravity, Wicked has proved a huge hit in both London’s West End and on Broadway for almost two decades.
A movie adaptation has been in the works for some ten years now, with Crazy Rich Asians and In The Heights director Jon M Chu recently taking charge of the project.
In an interview with Collider, he gave fans an update on how the film is coming along.
He said: “We’re in the beginning stages of Wicked. However, I think the philosophy of what musicals mean to me personally now that I have actually made a movie musical… you know, there’s theory about what movie musicals mean to me as being a watcher of movie musicals.
“Now that I’ve gone through it, what really has hit me is the power of music and why musicals exist in the first place when words aren’t sufficient. Nowadays, words really aren’t sufficient for what we’re going through. So for me, it’s finding the truth of each song and working our way inside out of why that exists.”
He continued: “We’re going to have Oz, and you’re going to be in this crazy world, and you’re going to revisit this innocent place and you’re going to see that it’s not as innocent as it had been in the past. But you’re also going to see that the relationship between these two women [Elphaba and Glinda] is more real than ever, that we’re going to be that close to them.
“We’re going to root for them to try to get into that school or when one crosses the other. You’re going to hate the other one at some point. You’re going to want them to make up at another point, and you’re going to feel when they separate. That’s the most important thing.
“The spectacle? That’s the easy part, we can hire a lot of people to do that. It’s those little moments… that’s what’s going to make that.”
With a score by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman, the music is based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.
The show first opened on Broadway in 2003 while the West End production began performances in 2006.
A movie adaption was previously due for release in December 2021 but in 2020 it was revealed that producers Universal had shaken up their slate, delaying Wicked indefinitely.