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Old 04-26-22, 11:35 AM
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Sounds like a terrible idea...

Here’s something that hasn’t been done with a musical before: Universal will release its feature take on the smash Broadway musical Wicked in two parts on December 25, 2024 and December 25, 2025. It’s a bold swing for a musical, which of late have been risky onscreen. However, this one is based on a legacy crowd-pleaser.

Jon M. Chu is directing the untold story of the Witches of Oz, starring Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo. The pic is based on the bestselling novel by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the screen by the stage production’s book writer Winne Holzman and Oscar-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz.

Typically those movies getting broken into two parts have been blockbuster YA films based on books, i.e. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Hunger Games:Mockingjay. While those were huge blockbuster successes, the plan faltered with Lionsgate’s third Divergent movie, Allegiant which tanked at the box office with $66M domestic and $179M WW. The second half of that Shailene Woodley movie was never made given how that pic fell apart, but the situation there was that the third Veronica Roth Divergent novel divided fans greatly. Knock on wood, but working to Wicked’s advantage is that it’s a near $3 billion grossing Broadway musical, seen by over 30M people worldwide.
https://deadline.com/2022/04/wicked-...se-1235010059/
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Re: Wicked: Part 1 & Part 2 (2024 & 2025) D: Chu) S: Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande

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That's too far apart in my opinion. I think 2 months would be the ideal time.
But if this works, Hamilton parts 1 & 2 will be out within a year of this lol
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Re: Wicked: Part 1 & Part 2 (2024 & 2025, D: Chu) S: Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande

Ugh, that is an awful idea. This isn't Deathly Hallows. There really isn't that much material to stretch out over two movies -- unless each is 90 minutes long. If anything I think it'll keep whatever audience might be curious enough to see it from even going to see Part 1 in a theater. Really hate this plan, honestly.
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Ugh, that is an awful idea. This isn't Deathly Hallows. There really isn't that much material to stretch out over two movies -- unless each is 90 minutes long. If anything I think it'll keep whatever audience might be curious enough to see it from even going to see Part 1 in a theater. Really hate this plan, honestly.
It's crazy to me that the studio who released Cats would even considered this.... regardless of confidence in the film.
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Yes this musical is hugely popular (ha!), but there's an inherent barrier to getting average moviegoers to see a musical in a theater. You can blame the pandemic, but NOBODY went and saw In The Heights in a theater (or Dear Evan Hansen). I just think anything that actively raises that barrier to capture the casual moviegoers, the non-rabid fan base, is just a terrible idea.
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Re: Wicked: Part 1 & Part 2 (2024 & 2025, D: Chu) S: Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande

As long as both parts are filmed back to back and part 2 is in the can I donít really care. Iíll most likely end up watching them at home anyway after both parts are released on streaming.

If theyíre going to wait on the success of part 1 before green lighting part 2, Iím more worried and will not bother watching part 1.

Either way, Iíll either be seeing the whole story or none of it.
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Re: Wicked: Part 1 & Part 2 (2024 & 2025, D: Chu) S: Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande

Sure, Jon.
It's a 2 hr 45 min musical that's been seen by millions. Is it really impossible to tell the story in one movie without major edits?
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Re: Wicked: Part 1 & Part 2 (2024 & 2025, D: Chu) S: Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande

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Sure, Jon.
It's a 2 hr 45 min musical that's been seen by millions. Is it really impossible to tell the story in one movie without major edits?
And it's 2 hr 30 min without the 15 min intermission. It's extremely doable. This is stupid.
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Re: Wicked: Part 1 & Part 2 (2024 & 2025, D: Chu) S: Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande

Yeah, that makes no sense. They could easily make some trims to get it under 150 minutes if they wanted. I forget half the songs that are in act 2 anyway.

Padding things in order to fill out two movies would be a terrible idea. I could see them adding a new song as Oscar bait, though.
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Re: Wicked: Part 1 & Part 2 (2024 & 2025, D: Chu) S: Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande

What are they planning to do, incorporate elements from the original novel to "flesh out" the story? The stage musical didn't give two shits about the original novel. Cash grabbingly stupid movie. I guess if the first one bombs the second goes straight to Peacock+ or whatever.
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My wife loved the musical so she bought the book after she saw it. She was shocked at how huge and slow and boring it was.
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Re: Wicked: Part 1 & Part 2 (2024 & 2025, D: Chu) S: Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande

Never seen Bridgerton or anything else he's done, so that's a big for me.
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Re: Wicked: Part 1 & Part 2 (2024 & 2025, D: Chu) S: Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande

I have seen Bridgerton but didn’t know the actor’s name. He’s fine in the show. I see he was in The Last Five Years in London, so he must have some chops.

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