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re: No brainer. To make more money. Unless movie 1 stinks. Then they're in trouble
Last Edit: WaymanWong 12:30 pm EDT 06/30/22
Posted by: WaymanWong 12:20 pm EDT 06/30/22
In reply to: re: No brainer. To make more money. Unless movie 1 stinks. Then they're in trouble - BillEadie 09:25 am EDT 06/30/22

It's probably far too early for any awards speculation. It's not even clear that they've started filming ''Wicked'' yet.

At one point, it was supposed to open December 2021. Then COVID happened. More recently, it was expected to begin filming in Atlanta in April 2022. Then came an update that shooting would start in England in June 2022. I still haven't seen any confirmation of that.

So many factors go into which films get awards. ... Jon M. Chu is directing ''Wicked,'' and it was only a year ago that his adaptation of ''In the Heights'' hit the big screen. It got a 94% rating at Rotten Tomatoes and a 94% audience score. Pundits predicted it'd be a real Oscar contender.

But it underperformed at the box office, opening at $11.5 million. Even with the imprimatur of ''Hamilton's'' red-hot Lin-Manuel Miranda, audiences didn't flock to a Tony-winning, Latino musical with mostly unknown actors. And at Oscar nominations time, it was totally forgotten.

At least with ''Wicked,'' Chu is working on a much better-known show, toplined by stars, like Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo.
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