Confirmation: There will be a Wicked movie
As recently reported to Entertainment Weekly, "conversations are now starting" regarding the movie adaptation of the hugely successful Broadway musical, Wicked, says Producer Marc Platt.
"It's still a ways away," Platt said. "I would expect in the near future to begin the process of development. There will be a movie."
Universal Pictures owns the rights to Wicked, and has potentially begun the process already. It's been reported that the company have sought out Director Stephen Daldry to adapt from stage to screen. Daldry has received Academy Award nominations for his work on Billy Elliot, THE HOURS and more recently received a 2011 nomination for EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE.
Winnie Holzman, who penned the musical's book based on Gregory Maguire's novel, will reportedly also write the screenplay. The film has been talked about for some time, but has been slow in production; no casting or further members of the creative team have been announced, despite rumours that Glee star, Lea Michele, is in talks to portray everyone's favourite green witch, Elphaba.
Wicked opened on Broadway in October of 2003, starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, and is about to reach its 10th year on Broadway. Boasting two national tours and productions in both Chicago and California, the musical has earned more than $2 billion in the US alone, since its debut. A film adaptation seems the logical next step.