I’m amazed it’s taken this long, but it seems a movie based on top London show Wicked is on the cards.
Universal are finally getting the wheels in motion and have spoken to the likes of JJ Abrams, Rob Marshall (Chicago), and Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy about the idea of directing the eventual film.
Wicked, adapted from Gregory Maguires bestseller about the early days of Glinda and Elphaba (the two witches in The Wizard of Oz), was set to hit the big screen years ago, but producer Marc Platt and the folk at Universal chose to turn it into a stage musical instead, and we all know how that turned out.
Now, after raking in billions of dollars around the world, Platt, book writer Winnie Holzman, and songwriter Stephen Schwartz are talking to various directors about taking the reins of the movie adaptation.
As we know, Wicked has a particularly vocal fanbase, many of whom have already started lobbying for the show’s original stars Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth to play the leads.
Let’s be clear – that is NEVER going to happen. It might make the diehards happy, but Universal want to make money, and as unfair as this might be, most people have no idea who Menzel and Chenoweth are. In order to fully exploit the story’s cinematic potential, it’s far more likely that younger, better-known actresses will be given the top jobs.
Just picturing it now, I can see someone like Lea Michele as Elphaba, alongside Amy Adams as Glinda.
Whatever happens, I hope that this isn’t another false start, because a movie adaptation of Wicked is long overdue and will do great business. Plus, it will act as a brilliant advert for the real thing.
As if the very idea of a Wicked movie isn’t exciting enough, rumour has it that Salma Hayek is going to turn the story into a television miniseries!