‘Wicked’ Director Stephen Daldry Exits Movie Adaptation

Universal’s long-awaited adaptation of “Wicked” has hit another roadblock. Director Stephen Daldry has departed the movie due to scheduling conflicts.

The “Wicked” movie, based on the hit Broadway musical, has been in development for over a decade and was recently taken off Universal’s release schedule amid the pandemic.

“Wicked” tells the story of everything that happened before Dorothy dropped down in Oz and centers on the unlikeliest of friends: Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.

Universal originally slated the movie for 2019 but ended up debuting Tom Hooper’s “Cats” adaptation on that date instead and moved “Wicked” to 2021. When the studio shuffled around its schedule in April, “Sing 2” was reset for Dec. 22, 2021 and “Wicked” was sent back to release date purgatory.

Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the music and lyrics to the Broadway show, is adapting the screenplay with Winnie Holzman.

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