Wicked producer hopes to take the hit stage play from Broadway to film by 2016

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Jan 9, 2015, 11:08 AM EST

It’s more and more common for stage hits to eventually make it to film, and now one of the minds behind the alt-Wizard of Oz hit Wicked is opening up about his plans to jump from Broadway to the big screen.

It’s hard to believe that Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz has been playing for more than a decade. A film version has also been in the works for about that long, since it became obvious that the entertaining tale of the Wicked Witch of the West was going to be a monster hit.

In a recent chat with Film Divider, Wicked producer Marc Platt said he would tentatively like to see the Broadway hit turned into a film by 2016 — and they’re working extremely hard right now to reach that goal (but they’re still not gonna rush it):

“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…

[The director is] Stephen Daldry. He’s been on for a year or two. 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.”

Though Disney’s 2013 installment Oz The Great and Powerful filled a certain part of that void, serving as a prequel of sorts to the original film, there’s still more than enough room for Wicked to put its own spin on the cinema classic.

What do you think? Would you like to see Wicked on the big screen?

(Via Film Divider)