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‘Wicked’ Director Stephen Daldry Exits Universal Movie Musical Adaptation

‘Wicked’ Director Stephen Daldry Exits Universal Movie Musical Adaptation

Exclusive: Stephen Daldry has exited as the director of Wicked, Universal’s long awaited screen adaptation of the smash hit stage musical. Sources tell Deadline that the studio wants this movie mounted more quickly than Daldry was comfortable moving. Also, there was a shortage of stage space in London that will make it not possible to shoot the film there, something that was important to Daldry.

I’m told Daldry’s exit is amicable and becomes another creative casualty of the pandemic. Universal is back out looking for directors and it instantly becomes one of the more coveted Open Directing Assignments out there right now. The studio hopes to begin production late next year. Songwriter Stephen Schwartz and book writer Winnie Holzman teamed on the script and Marc Platt, who produces the stage musical with David Stone, is lead producer on the film.

Universal certainly has been patient on this one,

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