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Wicked film adaption delayed (again) - no new release date set

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The upcoming Wicked movie has been delayed having originally been due for release next year.

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A movie adaption has been in the works for years with a planned release in December 2021.

However Deadline reports that producers Universal have shaken up their slate, delaying Wicked indefinitely.

Sing 2 will take Wicked's release weekend with no new date set for the musical.

Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz recently revealed the latest progress on the film.

"We are still in the process of working on the screenplay," he said earlier this year. "The amazing British director Stephen Daldry is going to be directing it… He’s so great… we’ve been working together, Winnie Holzman and I, have been working with Stephen on this."

In an interview with Elaine Paige on BBC Radio 2, Schwartz went on to share his thoughts about adapting the hit stage musical for the screen.

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He said: "It's about trying to come fresh to the material, 'Right, how do you tell the story as a movie and don’t be trapped by what you did on on the stage?'

"Some things that happen on stage are not going to translate to film but there are so many things you can do on film, that you can’t do on stage."

He added: "It’s so exciting to be able to tell a story that one is passionate about, in a different medium."

Featuring some of musical theatre's most iconic songs, such as Defying Gravity and Popular, Wicked has proved a huge hit in both London's West End and on Broadway for almost two decades.

Wicked has been running at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre for 13 years - and recently extended until December 2020.

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