Not Impossible: 'Wicked' Composer Says Movie is 'Gearing up'

A film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Wicked is just a tiny bit closer to reality.

As reported by Vulture, Wicked composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz has stated that a movie based on the Tony Award-winning musical is “gearing up.”

“We’re starting to do some work on it. We’ve actually started gearing up on it a little bit. … I don’t know exactly how many years away it is. What are we going to change? What are we going to keep? How do you use a whole new language and medium to tell the story? [We can] really look at it again and say, ‘Oh, we can do this, and we’ve always wanted to do that and we couldn’t onstage, but we can in a movie.’ We’re actually having a blast.”

Currently running on Broadway and as a touring production, Wicked is adapted from Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. An origin story for the witches of OZ, Wicked is a tale of two magical teenagers who become unlikely friends, only to suffer a philosophical falling out that sets Elphaba and Glinda on a road to bitter strife.

Rightly so, some have drawn parallels between Wicked and Disney’s Frozen. For starters, Elsa and Elphaba are both portrayed by Idina Menzel. Just for fun, here are a few of the best Wicked/Frozen mashups:

Animated sequence from Frozen set to music of “Defying Gravity.”


Glee’s version of “Defying Gravity” to the instrumental accompaniment of “Let it Go.”


This one has costumes! (You know you want to see her Hunger Games parody to the tune of “Wrecking Ball.”)


Oops. That’s Sam Tsui’s mashup of “Let it Go” and Passenger’s “Let Her Go.” Still fantastic.

Finally, if you weren’t starving for a feature animated take on Wicked, Heidi Jo Gilbert’s spot-on storyboard animation for “Defying Gravity” will change your mind.

Defying Gravity Storyboards from Heidi Jo Gilbert on Vimeo.

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