Wicked Producer Emphasizes Dividing Story into Two Films

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The movie adaptation of the Broadway musical inspired by The Wizard of Oz is coming to theaters in the fall with its first part.

After the wave of trailers during the Super Bowl LVIII, several movies have taken the lead in terms of expectations. Deadpool and Wolverine and Wicked are, along with The kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, the most talked about films this week.

Now let’s focus on the adaptation of the Broadway musical. Wicked is the film starring Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande that serves as a prequel to The Wizard of Oz.

Jon M. Chu is the director of the film, which also includes in its main cast stars like Jonathan Bailey, Michelle Yeoh, Jeff Goldblum, Marissa Bode, Ethan Slater, Keala Settle, Bronwyn James and Bowen Yang.

Wicked comes with the peculiarity of adopting a format that several movies have used in recent times: the two-part premiere. An imminent example is in just over two weeks with Dune: Part Two.

Splitting Wicked into two parts was necessary

With the recent release of the trailer for Wicked, the movie’s producer, Marc Platt, has defended in an interview with Vanity Fair the decision to divide the story of Elphaba and Glinda in their journey to become the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of the East, respectively.

We didn’t want to make a four-hour movie and then have to cut songs. We want to satisfy the fans of the musical. The cinema allows you to create a place and a time: a university like Shiz, the extraordinary mansion of the governor of the Emerald City. There is much more to explore.”

The Broadway musical that Wicked is adapting is one of the most successful of this century, so its film adaptation has generated great interest among the public, whether they are fans of the musical or not.

With its stellar cast and the always captivating imagery of The Wizard of Oz, Wicked will premiere its first part on November 29, 2024 in Spanish theaters, while the second part will be released in late 2025.

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