Jon M. Chu‘s adaptation of the hit broadway musical Wicked, starring Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo, will now be released as a two-parter. This news was announced by its director in a statement, which you can read below:
“Thank you for all the support these past several months in anticipation for the WICKED movie. We have so many exciting things to share but for now I’m giving you one…or two, rather.
Here’s what happened: as we prepared this production over the last year, it became increasingly clear that it would be impossible to wrestle the story of WICKED into a single film without doing some real damage to it. As we tried to cut songs or trim characters, these decisions began to feel like fatal compromises to the source material that has entertained us all for so many years. So we decided to just give ourselves a bigger canvas and make not just one WICKED movie but TWO!!!! With more space, we can tell the story of WICKED as it was meant to be told while bringing even more depth and surprise to the journeys of these beloved characters.
Cynthia, Ariana, and I–and all of the cast and crew–pledge to create nothing less than an experience that honors its foundation for all the fans who’ve waited for this movie, and to offer a thrilling, fantastical world full of dynamic characters that invites in those who are unfamiliar.
So get ready, because WICKED is finally coming to you on successive Christmas holidays beginning December 2024. Until then, I will be keeping you up to date throughout rehearsals, the shoot, and even editing. Here. We. Go. #WickedMovies.”
It certainly is a gamble to release a film into two parts, but the Broadway show was one of the most successful theatrical productions of its time, so there are lots of fans who would love to see a film adaptation of it. Production is gearing up to start soon, with the two parts being shot at the same time. Part 1 will release on December 25, 2024, while Part 2 will release on the same day, but in 2025.