One thing’s taking place in Oz. Jon M. Chu launched on social media that his future adaptation of the musical “Depraved” will likely be break up into two movies. Common Images will launch the very first “Depraved” film on Dec. 25, 2024. The second “Depraved” movie will debut precisely a yr afterwards on Dec. 25, 2025.
“Depraved” will mark Chu’s abide by-up to his “Within the Heights” musical adaptation, which opened to rave critiques in theaters and on HBO Max final summer season months. Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo are established to star within the information roles of Glinda and Elphaba, respectively. A prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” “Depraved” tells the story of each little factor main as much as Dorothy’s arrival in Oz. In its distinctive Broadway function, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth portrayed frenemies Elphaba, who would develop to be the Depraved Witch of the West, and Glinda the Superb Witch.
“As we equipped the output greater than the ultimate yr, it grew to grow to be extraordinarily laborious to wrestle the story of ‘Depraved’ right into a single movie with out performing some real issues to it,” Chu wrote in a press release. “As we experimented with to slice music or trim folks, folks conclusions started to sense like deadly compromises to the availability substance that has entertained us all for therefore many a very long time. We resolved to present ourselves a extra substantial canvas and make not simply 1 ‘Depraved’ movie however two! With much more place, we will clarify to the story of ‘Depraved’ because it was meant to be advised although bringing even extra depth and shock to the journeys for these beloved folks.”
Stephen Schwartz, who penned the tunes and lyrics to the distinctive Broadway exhibit, is adapting the “Depraved” screenplay with Winnie Holzman. Marc Platt, who manufactured the Broadway musical, is manufacturing the film. The musical opened on Broadway in 2003 and continues to function. The exhibit has earned much more than $1 billion on Broadway and is 2nd solely to “The Lion King” because the optimum grossing Broadway musical of all time.
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) April 26, 2022