Into the Woods producer Marc Platt spoke with Film Divider about a recent report that a UK cinema chain listed Wicked on their 2016 release calendar. Here's what Platt had to say when asked if the report was accurate:
Yes. But it’s not set in stone. The process of developing that movie has begun, we’re working on it, and whether it makes 2016 or not, I’m not so sure...
It’s a loose goal. But the bar is very high for the creators of Wicked. Our show is still so strong everywhere, and we just set a record in both London and Edinburgh last week, and in Los Angeles, and we did on Broadway. Audiences enjoy that show so much that we are intending to move forward on the movie but aren’t going to do so until we’re satisfied in the material we have as a screenplay, and that the film will be every bit as satisfying as what we have on the stage.
According to Platt, Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life!) is currently writing the screenplay, and Stephen Daldry is the intended director. But I don't know how confident anyone should be feeling about this plan, as Platt continues to dither in the interview:
But it’s in process. 2016 is the goal, but I don’t know whether we’ll make that goal or not. We will make the movie, but like I said, the bar is really high. We’re going to scrutinise our work on the screenplay and our prep on the movie, and when we feel like it’s ready, okay. We’re not going to shoot a release date is what I’m saying. It’s in the works, it’s not in a rush.
It took 27 years to make Into the Woods into a film from its original stage production, and 30 years with Les Mis. Some things take time for a reason.
They can take all the time they want to adapt the musical, and in the meantime I'd love to see a straight adaptation of Gregory Maguire's novel as a BBC mini-series. So let's get on that, okay?