Wicked movie will include new songs, Stephen Schwartz says
The long-awaited Wicked movie is finally happening, and it’s going to fly into theaters with some new music.
Composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz made an appearance at Comic-Con on Thursday, where he revealed some details about the big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical about the witches of Oz.
“I can tell you that at least as of now there will be probably four new songs in the movie,” he said at the Behind the Music Panel. According to Playbill, he added that three of those songs are newly written, while the other was cut from the Broadway production.
Last month, Universal Pictures announced it will release Wicked on Dec. 20, 2019. Winnie Holzman, who wrote the book for the musical, is penning the screenplay, while Billy Elliot helmer Stephen Daldry will direct.
There’s been no word yet on casting for the film (Schwartz said Thursday that they’re only four days into work on the project), but the Broadway roles of Elphaba and Galinda were originated by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth.
Back in April, Menzel said it was unlikely she’d play the future Wicked Witch of the West on screen — “I’m gonna be way too old by the time [producer Marc Platt] gets it done,” she joked — while Chenoweth told PEOPLE recently that she “would love to be in it in any capacity.” “Maybe I’ll play a munchkin this time,” she quipped.
You can see part of Schwartz’s remarks from Comic-Con below.