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A film adaptation of Wicked had been discussed since 2004, though producers were waiting for a dip in the stage musical's earnings. By 2012, Universal Studios was reported to be producing the film with Stephen Daldry as director and Winnie Holzman, who wrote the musical's book, to pen the screenplay. Universal announced in 2016 that the film would be released in theaters in December 2019, with Daldry still attached to direct it, and the script to be co-written by the musical's creators, Holzman and Schwartz. In May 2017, Schwartz stated that the film would feature "at least two" new songs.  On February 8, 2019, Universal announced a new release date of December 22, 2021, for the Wicked film.

Trivia

  • This is the 2nd Oz movie to be based off a broadway musical after The Wiz.
  • It was reported in 2011 that ABC (owned in part by Walt Disney Pictures) had plans to "strictly adapt" the novel as a miniseries and to remove elements of the musicial. It is unknown if this is still forthcoming since the televison series Once Upon a Time has introduced its own Oz based storyline. It is to be noted that ABC owns the rights to the book which they brought in 2009, it currently is unknown if a legal dispute may occur because of this.

Links

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Live-action adaptations
Silent films Fairylogue and Radio-Plays (1908) • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910) • His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz (1914) • The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) • The Magic Cloak of Oz (1914) • The Wizard of Oz (1925)
Modern films

The Wizard of Oz (1939) • The Wonderful Land of Oz (1969) • 20th Century Oz (1976) • The Wiz (1978) • Return to Oz (1985) • The Wizard of Oz (1994) • The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005) • After the Wizard (2011) • Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) • The Wiz Live! (2015)
Spin-off films: Flying Monkeys (2013) •
Guest Appearances: Inkheart (2008)

TV Series

Adventures in Oz with Cheryl (1999) • Lost in Oz (2002) • Tin Man (2007) • La Maga (2008) • Dorothy and the Witches of Oz (2011) • Emerald City (2017)
Guest Appearances: Shirley Temple's Storybook (1960) • Once Upon a Time (2011-2018) • Supernatural (2013-) •

Animated adaptations
Films

Return to Oz (1964) • The Wizard of Oz (1973) • Journey Back to Oz (1974) • Dorothy in the Land of Oz (1980) • The Wizard of Oz (1982) • The Wizard of Oz (1983) • Dorothy Meets Ozma of Oz (1987) • Lion of Oz (2000) • Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz (2011) • Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) • Save Oz! (2015) • Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz (2016) • Urfin Jus and His Wooden Soldiers (2017) • The Steam Engines of Oz (2018)

Series

Tales of the Wizard of Oz (1961) • In the Magical Land of Oz (1983) • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1986) • The Wonderful Galaxy of Oz (1990) • The Wizard of Oz (1990) • The Oz Kids (1996) • Adventures in the Emerald City (1999) • Marchen Awakens Romance (2007) • Lost in Oz (2015)
Guest Appearances: Superfriends (1980)

Upcoming adaptations Return to Emerald City (?) • How the Wizard Came to Oz (?) •Wicked (2019) • The Land of Oz (2020)
Pastiches, parodies, etc Rugrats (1999) • That's So Raven (2003-2006) • Victorious (2012) • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2013) • Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (2017)
Reality TV Project Runway (2004) • Face Off (2011)
Shorts and others Beef Ravioli commercials (2006) • After Oz (2007) • OzLand (2015) • The Land of Oz (short film) (2015) • Dorothy in the Land of Stars (2017) •Unknown (TBA)
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