According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Broadway musical crossed $1 billion at the box office in 2016 and has won 10 Tony Awards. To say it’s a hit doesn’t do it justice, and a movie adaptation is, of course, on the horizon. However, it was planned so far in advance initially that it’s been postponed.
What’s interesting is that it was moved to make way for Cats the musical. The feline musical debuted the same weekend as The Rise of Skywalker and has been deemed a commercial and critical failure. It had a $95 million budget but only made $6.5 million opening weekend; the loss is monumental.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio moved Wicked from its spot of Dec. 20, 2019, and Cats was put there instead. Recently the tweet initially announcing the movie in 2016 resurfaced, and fans are even more ready for this movie now than ever before.
There is no casting news about this at all since it is still so far in advance. The new release date was set for almost two years later, on Dec. 22, 2021. So there’s still a long way to go, unfortunately. Regardless, it’s good to know that some progress is being made!