It seems that Wicked won’t be flying high to the movies anytime soon! Production is being pushed back with the release date now to be announced. In its place, Universal Pictures and Working Title Films are releasing Cats, the adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical from 1981.
Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman / Image Via: Angela Weiss/Getty Images North America)
Lyricist and Composer Stephen Schwartz, who worked on Wicked the musical, revealed that production is currently in the process of working on the screenplay. Schwartz also revealed that he is working on the film with Winnie Holzman, who wrote the book for the stage musical. Though far from its completion, at least we know the production is in good hands.
The Cats production on the other hand seems to be well on its way. Not only is there a star-studded cast revealed with Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Sir Ian McKellen, and James Corden, but award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor was also hired to coach the cast into catlike movement! Andrew Lloyd Webber himself is also part of the production! With filming scheduled to start this November, it’s no wonder the air date was moved up!
Wayne McGregor / Image Via Anne Deniau
Image Via James Duncan Davidson
So yes, we have to wait a little longer for the Witch of the West to defy gravity on the big screen, but hopefully that means Hollywood is taking the right time and creative effort to work its own magic! Until then, we can look forward to the cats of the Jellicle Tribe pouncing into theaters instead on December 20th 2019.
Featured Image Via Peter Coombs and the Marriott Theatre