The long-running film adaptation of the Broadway hit “Wicked” has gotten another problem. Director Stephen Daldry is leaving the project, a studio rep confirmed Tuesday.
Industry website Deadline was the first to report the news.
The director of “Billy Elliot” has been associated with the adaptation for years, dating back to 2012. Writer Winnie Holzman, who wrote the musical, wrote the script with “Wicked” composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. At one point, the film was set to hit theaters in December 2019.
Universal Pictures removed “Wicked” from its release schedule earlier this year. It was last scheduled for a theatrical launch on December 22, 2021.
No cast has been officially announced.
In addition to directing the stage and movie versions of “Billy Elliot,” Daldry’s Broadway credits include “An Inspector Calls,” “Skylight,” and he has just received a Tony Award nomination for “The Inheritance.” He has won two Tonys.