With everyone talking about Into The Woods, producer Marc Plattabout has been doing a lot of chatting about it and also his future projects.
He was asked by Filmdivider if reports that a Wicked adaptation was indeed coming – it popped up last week on Vue Cinemas’ in the UK’s upcoming 2016 schedule – was true and he replied: “Yes. But it’s not set in stone. The process of developing that movie has begun, we’re working on it, and whether it makes 2016 or not, I’m not so sure.
“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.”
He also confirmed that it is being written at the minute by Winnie Holzman. and what of a director?
“It’s 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.
“It took 27 years to make Into the Woods into a film from its original stage production, and 30 years with Les Mis. Some things take time for a reason.”
Wicked tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz and elements of it were hinted at in Oz The Great And Powerful, but this would be a full on adaptation and, from what we’re hearing, may not be as family-friendly as Into The Woods…