Wicked Adaptation


Often ranking as the top-earning show on Broadway in any given week, and going strong for over a decade now,  it was only a matter of time before Wicked got the big screen treatment. An alternate retelling of L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wizard of Oz, the musical is based on the political and social machinations behind the scenes of the Wizard’s rule in Oz before Dorothy’s arrival. The show boasts bona fide hits such as “For Good,” “Popular,” “The Wizard and I,” and the crowd favorite “Defying Gravity”. Now it appears that Elphaba (who is later known as the Wicked Witch of the West), and Glinda (the Good Witch of the North), are going to be featured in a big screen movie adaptation. (more…)


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 BrothersOtis, 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??

Source: SlashFilm