Universal Pictures sets 'Wicked' for Christmas 2021

The second-highest grossing Broadway show of all time, “Wicked” is finally heading to the big screen. Universal Pictures announced today that they will release a feature film version of the hit musical on December 22, 2021 with “Billy Elliot” director Stephen Daldry at the helm. A three-time Tony Award-winning stage musical, “Wicked” was adapted from Gregory Maguire’s bestselling novel by book writer Winnie Holzman (“My So-Called Life”) and three-time Oscar-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell,” “Pippin”), both of whom are also collaborating on the screenplay adaptation.

“So much happened before Dorothy dropped in,” reads the official synopsis for the film version. “‘Wicked,’ the feature-film adaptation of the musical phenomenon seen by more than 50 million fans around the world, arrives in theaters for the 2021 holiday season. The unforgettable characters and gravity-defying songs of the beloved hit The New York Times called ‘the defining musical of the decade’ come to the big screen as the untold story of the Witches of Oz becomes the movie event that will change audiences for good.”

“Wicked” is produced on Broadway by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, the Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

The December 22nd release date will have “Wicked” opening just five days after James Cameron‘s long awaited “Avatar” sequel and almost exactly one year after Universal releases another holiday musical, “Cats,” in 2020.

Check back for casting updates on “Wicked” as they become available.

Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.