Director Stephen Daldry quits movie adaptation of hit musical Wicked
Director Stephen Daldry has exited the long-planned adaptation of hit musical Wicked.
Daldry, who has previously directed the likes of Billy Elliot, The Hours and The Reader, was confirmed to direct in 2015 and has worked on the project since, but he has now left.
Deadline reports that Daldry's departure is amicable, with makers Universal wanting to move quicker than the director did, and, to add to this, there was a shortage of stage space in London that will make it not possible to shoot the film there, which the director had asked for.
Universal is now looking for a new director to take Daldry's place, with the idea of starting work on the musical in the second half of 2021. No names are in the frame as of yet.
Wicked is an alternative telling of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and L. Frank Baum's classic 1900 story of the same name, in this case, told from the perspective of the witches.
Launched in 2003, it has been a fixture on Broadway ever since, earning over a billion dollars in receipts, with productions and tours opening across the world in the years that followed.
Producer Marc Platt, writer Winnie Holzman and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who were all collaborators on the Broadway show, are reuniting for the film adaptation.