Having already directed Crazy Rich Asians and an upcoming movie musical, In the Heights, Jon M. Chu is now set to direct a film adaptation of the beloved musical Wicked, saying ‘it’s time’.
“Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes and leap…”#WickedMovie @UniversalPics #StephenSchwartz #WinnieHolzman #MarcPlatt it’s time.
So… Twitterverse, who should we cast? pic.twitter.com/ZaAeAJTq9f
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) February 2, 2021
The director confirmed the news, sharing, ‘Most of my life I have felt out of place, weird and different. I hid behind my camera because people liked to be filmed and I could disappear. I used my short films to wow people so I could feel valued. I felt GREEN in all the ways.’
He continued, ‘to think that I have been invited to bring this timeless story to the biggest screens all around the world for people to experience with their family, best friends and total strangers… of all walks of life, ages, shapes and colors is like I’ve been invited to Oz by the Wizard himself.’
Crazy Rich Asians Director Jon M. Chu Set to Helm Wicked Musical Film Adaptation: 'It's Time' https://t.co/fuMYRWiqGF
— People (@people) February 3, 2021
He concluded, ‘Thank you Mark Platt, Stephen, Winnie and Universal Pictures for trusting in me to translate this incredible story for all the fans and future fans of Elphaba and Glinda. I will protect this vigorously and hopefully bring a few new surprises along the way.’
Wicked debuted on Broadway back in 2003 and starred Idina Menzel, Kristen Chenoweth and Joel Grey as Elphaba, Glinda, and the Wizard.
The musical was also based on the 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, and told the story of Elphaba’s life prior to becoming the Wicked Witch of the West from the Judy Garland movie adaptation of the Wizard of Oz.