Is A “Wicked” Movie Finally Happening?

“Wicked” composer Stephen Schwartz suggests that, after years of development problems, we may finally see a film version of the popular stage musical. Appearing at last night’s opening of “If/Then,” Schwartz was asked how the movie version of “Wicked” is going. He tells Vulture:

“We’re starting to do some work on it. We’ve actually started gearing up on it a little bit… I don’t know exactly how many years away it is. What are we going to change? What are we going to keep? How do you use a whole new language and medium to tell the story? [We can] really look at it again and say, ‘Oh, we can do this, and we’ve always wanted to do that and we couldn’t onstage, but we can in a movie.’ We’re actually having a blast.”

Schwartz’s also says his Broadway musical Houdini is currently on hold following Hugh Jackman’s backing out of the project in December.