Why Wicked’s movie adaptation was in split in two parts

Digital Spy recently reported that the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical Wicked will be split into two parts, and Stephen Schwartz told The Schwartz Scene why.

Schwartz, the composer and lyricist for the original musical, explained it was initially planned as one long movie, but it would have meant cutting important things.

“We kept running into two problems,” said Schwartz. “The first is that even as a very long single movie, it required us cutting or omitting things that we wanted to include.”

He also explained that fans of the Broadway show would appreciate the decision to make two films.

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Schwartz then revealed how the show has an intermission after the song ‘Defying Gravity’, which seemed like a good place to separate the films.

“We found it very difficult to get past ‘Defying Gravity’ without a break. That song is written specifically to bring a curtain down, and whatever scene followed it without a break just seemed hugely anti-climactic.

“So, for these two reasons, plus the excitement of doing something that’s never been done before with a musical, we have decided to do two movies,” he added.

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Part One will be released on December 25, 2024, and Part Two will be released a year later, on December 25, 2025.

Jon M Chu will direct with Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo starring as Glinda and Elphaba, the Witches of Oz.

On Twitter, Chu revealed the decision to split the movie in two allowed the best version of the story to be told.

​​”As we prepared the 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,” he said.

Wicked will hit theatres worldwide on December 25, 2024, and December 25, 2025.

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