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Entertainment Stephen Daldry exits as Wicked director

13:40  21 october  2020
13:40  21 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Director Stephen Daldry is exiting the project, a studio representative confirmed Tuesday. The “Billy Elliot” director has been associated with the adaptation for years, going back as far as 2012. Writer Winnie Holzman, who wrote the musical, wrote the script with “ Wicked ” composer and lyricist

Director Stephen Daldry has exited Universal's long-gestating musical film Wicked , prompting the studio to look for a replacement. Serving as a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, Wicked is based on the Broadway musical adaptation of Gregory Maguire's acclaimed 1995 novel Wicked : The Life and

Stephen Daldry has exited the film adaptation of 'Wicked'.

Stephen Daldry standing in front of a sign © Bang Showbiz Stephen Daldry

The 60-year-old filmmaker had been due to helm the cinematic take on the hit stage musical for Universal but has departed amicably from the project for creative reasons.

Deadline report that insiders wanted the film to come to fruition more quickly than Stephen – who has helmed 'Billy Elliot' and 'The Reader' - was comfortable with.


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Universal are now searching for a new director to take on the flick, which has been in development for over a decade. J.J. Abrams and James Mangold have previously been linked to the film.

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The Wicked movie is still set to be directed by Daldry , who’s best known for directing Billy Elliot. He also directed The Reader and Extremely Loud and He’ll be joined by Winnie Holzman (who adapted the book for stage) and Wicked mastermind Stephen Schwarz (Godspell, Pippin), who are working

A long-gestating big-screen version of the hit stage musical Wicked could see a release as early as 2016, with the acclaimed British director Stephen Daldry taking charge of the Speculation over the film version’s release was sparked when UK cinema chain Vue listed Wicked as a 2016 release.

The studio has a stake in the stage musical and believe that it will be a cinematic hit. However, they are wary of what happened with 'Cats', which flopped despite its all-star cast. The movie has also been taken off the release schedule to the COVID-19 pandemic.

'Wicked' is a prequel of sorts to 'The Wizard of Oz' and tells the story of what happened before Dorothy arrived in Oz. It is based on the novel 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West' by Gregory Maguire. It has gone on to become of the most successful shows on Broadway and on London's West End.

Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the music and lyrics to the Broadway show, is adapting the screenplay along with Winnie Holzman. Marc Platt, who served as a producer on the musical, is also producing the motion picture.

Alongside classic songs such as 'Defying Gravity' and 'Popular', the film adaptation is expected to feature at least two new musical numbers.

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