Wicked, a word guaranteed to conjure vivid memories for anybody who’s been in a marching band or drama club for the last decade or so, is officially going to be a movie.

That’s according to the New York Times. Originally based on a novel by Gregory Maguire, the musical follows the pre-Dorothy adventures of The Wizard of Oz’s Glinda and the Wicked Witch of the West.


The movie adaptation has been inching through development hell for ages, but Universal Pictures is now sufficiently confident to announce a premiere date of December 20, 2019. Stephen Daldry is supposed to direct; Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz, respectively the book writer and lyricist-composer for the musical, are working on a script.

Unfortunately, they weren’t able to get this off the ground before the advent of Hamilton, and so every single article following even the most minor development will include the question: “But what about the Hamilton movie?”