Wicked The Movie should be split into 2 parts


The moment Bad fans laid eyes on the news, one thing came to mind. “Hate, pure hate!”

Bad fans have been waiting for more than ten years for the Bad musical film adaptation since it was first hinted at in 2012. In 2016, it was announced when fans could expect the film. But nothing got us more excited than November 2021, when the casting choices for Glinda and Elphaba were revealed. It felt like hope was restored throughout the fandom that the movie might actually happen. So when news broke this week from director Jon. Mr. Chu on Twitter that the Bad the film was split into two films, many fans were not happy.

Universal Pictures’ next film is set for release on December 25, 2024 and December 25, 2025. It will star Ariana Grande (Glinda) and Cynthia Erivo (Elphava). This musical has a massive fan base and has been able to keep its Broadway home since its debut in 2003. Bad is the prequel to The Wizard of Oz, where we see more of the story of the birth of Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Bad the musical is lightly based on the book, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. And if the film was based more on the book than the musical, the decision to split the film into two parts would make more sense. But the musical itself is very different from the book and lasts about two hours and 45 minutes. hamilton which debuted as the stage production on DisneyPlus lasts around two hours and 40 minutes, while West Side Story released last year is about two hours and 36 minutes long. Lately, In the heights directed by Jon M. Chu was approximately two hours and 23 minutes.

Obviously, neither of these needed to be split into two parts. So why Bad?

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For longtime fans of the musical, this sounds like an easy cash grab for the studio and a death sentence for the show. One of the biggest drawbacks of musicals when greenlit for the big screen is the adaptation process. In too many cases, songs are cut, moments that didn’t need to be extended are, and much of what makes Broadway special is simply erased to make it more appealing to a wider audience.

But Bad been running on Broadway for almost 20 years because it’s amazing. Sets, costumes, writing, and especially music. Splitting this into two parts seems like the magic will be lost and forgotten in the year of the second release.

Villain John M. Chu
Director Jon M. Chu

Now, in his tweet, Chu said, “As we prepared for production over the past year, it became impossible to turn the story of ‘Wicked’ into a single movie without causing real damage to it. As we tried to cut songs or cut characters, those decisions started to feel like fatal compromises to the source material that has entertained us all for so many years. We decided to give ourselves a bigger canvas and not just do one Wicked movie, but two! With more space, we can tell the story of Wicked as it was meant to be told while bringing even more depth and surprise to the journeys of these beloved characters.

And many fans would agree that cutting songs or characters would change some core parts of what makes Bad a brilliant show. As everyone speculates on what will happen Bad the movie, there’s a clip of Andy Cohen and Kristin Chenoweth discussing Doctor Dillamond’s cut circulating the internet. For those who don’t know, Doctor Dillamond is a small character but plays a huge role in helping to shape the Elphaba we meet in Act One, through to the Elphaba in Act Two. Deleting him removes a large portion of his character arc.

But if they make that decision not to cut the characters, will we see more story development to fill two movies?

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Now, as stated above and many other fans have pointed out, the two acts of Bad have two very different feelings. In the first act, we are introduced to Galinda and Elphaba filled with hope and excitement for their future. Even with a slight hiccup like overcoming their initial disdain for each other, they end up being best friends. But when faced with harsh realities, they both must make a choice that changes everything they know. Which is so perfectly summed up in the last song of the first act, “Defying Gravity. “

When the audience returns from intermission, the second act unfolds in a more surreal way as the two now face the consequences of their choice. Here’s a clip of Cynthia Erivo singing part of “Thank Goodness” from Wicked in Concert. Now, as Erivo plays Elphaba in the film, this song is sung by Glinda (The Ga is silent) to start the second half. He sets the perfect example of how everything has now changed.

Cynthia Erivo sings “I Couldn’t Be Happier” / Bad in concert

“There is a sort of sort of cost. There are a few things that get lost. There are bridges that you cross. You didn’t know you crossed, until you crossed.

No one knows exactly where the first film will end and where the second will begin. We can only assume that since there are two acts in the Broadway show, this might also be a good place for movies. The problem is, will moviegoers remember the buildup of the first film to fully grasp the impact of the second? Will audiences remember the connections and character development from the first, only to still feel connected in the second? Will songs lose the power they hold when audiences have to wait a year to see what happens next?

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It’s just weird to part Bad in two parts, whereas other musical films did not need it. Even though both acts allow for this kind of decision, it feels like a gamble that isn’t necessary. That said, it’s important to note that the creative team behind Bad on Broadway also helps with the film. Winnie Holzman who wrote the original book is writing the screenplay. Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the original Broadway songs, is on hand to handle the script. As well as Marc Platt who produced the play returns to produce the film.

Also, John M. Chu is directing and he’s done a fantastic job of bringing In the heights to life as a big-screen adaptation in 2021. The Bad the film adaptation couldn’t be in better hands to retain the integrity of what makes the series a masterpiece. And maybe that means we’ll get some new songs. Or even better character developments for roles like Boq, Nessarose, Doctor Dillamond or Fiyero. Not to mention, if this movie does well, that means other musical adaptations might get the green light as well.

So during Bad fans are speculating and trying to scrutinize every decision made regarding the film adaptation. Insisting on whether this movie will live up to the long wait we’ve endured. May we remember Fiyero’s wise words. “Misfortunes are ephemeral, the blows look at you, when you dance in life”.

Bad is set to release in two parts, the first on December 25, 2024 and the second on December 25, 2025.


Source: John M. Chu’s Twitter

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