Universal Pictures has set the Wicked release date for Wednesday, December 22, 2021. The movie adaptation was previously scheduled for December 20, 2019, but Universal moved the Cats musical in that spot instead.
The studio previously had an untitled DreamWorks Animation film scheduled for December 22, 2021. That film will now be released at a later time.
So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. 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 will be brought to the screen by visionary director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) and producer Marc Platt (Into the Woods, Bridge of Spies). The three-time Tony Award-winning stage musical 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), who are also collaborating on the screenplay adaptation.
Wicked is produced on Broadway by Platt, Universal Stage Productions, the Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.