Where the heck is all this Wizard of Oz talk coming from? It seems like nowadays everyone is itching to remake the classic, including Robert Zemeckis. So I guess it makes sense that in the talks about remaking the film there is also talk of an adaption of the musical, Wicked as well. Somehow I see this working out a lot better than the trying to remake the film. So whose brainchild is this wonderful idea you may ask?
Apparently Salma Hayek‘s company Ventanarosa Productions is in the works to adapt the novel by Gregory Maguire rather than the musical (more importantly, Salma Hayek has a production company??). Hayek and company plan on working alongside ABC and doing Wicked as an eight part miniseries.
Okay, so you guys still aren’t sold on the idea and think that the Wicked miniseries sounds like a wickedly bad idea than maybe this will change your mind. In charge of the script is writer Erik Jendreson (Band of Brothers, Otis, upcoming film The Big Bang). And even with a writer in place there is no talk of casting yet, although Salma could make an appearance (muy caliente!).
However, MORE importantly is that still in the works with Universal is a film adaptation of Wicked that could potentially be directed by Rob Marshall, James Mangold and Ryan Murphy (Ryan Murphy, Ryan Murphy pleeeeease let it be Ryan Murphy!) This adaptation however would be based on the musical by producer Marc Platt, writer Winnie Holzman, and songwriter Stephen Schwartz. So what do you guys think about all this Wicked business??