Universal Pictures has officially announced that the long-running film adaptation of the Broadway musical by John M. Chu Immoral will now be split in two to accommodate its extensive history and stay true to the source material. Both films will have a Christmas release date, with the first coming out on December 25, 2024 and the second on December 25, 2025.
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Chu took to Twitter to share his announcement statement, where he shared the reason why the film adaptation should be split in two. With this development in the heights The filmmaker promises to bring more depth to the story of beloved characters.
“As we have been preparing this production for the past year, it has become more and more obvious that to fight history Immoral into one film without causing him any real damage,» Chu said in a statement. “When we tried to cut songs or trim characters, those decisions began to feel like fatal compromises to the source material that had entertained us all for so many years. So we decided to give ourselves a bigger canvas and make more than one Immoral movie but TWO!!! With more space we can tell a story Immoral as it should have been told, bringing even more depth and surprise to the journeys of these beloved characters.»
Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire and the Tony Award-winning stage musical. Wicked the films will tell the untold story of the Witches of Oz, led by Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba and Ariana Grande as Glinda. It will be directed by John M. Chu from a screenplay written by the author of the musical’s book, Vinnie Holtzman, and three-time Academy Award-winning composer/lyricist Steven Schwartz.
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The film adaptation will be produced by Marc Platt through his versatile company Marc Platt Productions. Senior Executive Vice President of Production Eric Byers and Vice President of Production Development Lexi Bartha will oversee the project on behalf of Universal Pictures.