J.J. Abrams, James Mangold, Ryan Murphy, Rob Marshall Considered for WICKED Musical Adaptation

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The creative minds of the wildly successful Broadway show Wicked — producer Marc Platt, playwright Winnie Holzman, and songwriter Stephen Schwartz — have been meeting with some of Hollywood’s premier musical directors… and J.J. Abrams.  The play, itself an adaptation of the book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West from L. Frank Baum’s classic Wizard of Oz and casts the emerald-skinned enchantress in a far more heroic light than the original story.

While Abrams’ composition of the 17-second opening theme to LOST may not qualify him as a musical director, the other candidates (James Mangold, Ryan Murphy, and Rob Marshall) have much stronger resumes.  Mangold provided deft directing to Walk the Line, Murphy created Glee (but also Nip/Tuck), and Marshall was behind the camera for Chicago, the film often cited (along with Moulin Rouge!) for bringing musicals back into Hollywood’s good graces.  For more, hit the jump.

jj_abrams_image__3_It is good to see Universal is getting serious about Wicked but, as Deadline notes, they just about have no choice but to get this project moving quickly.  Disney has two Oz-related projects in the development, one a retelling of the original 1939 film and the other is the Sam Raimi-directed The Great and Powerful Oz.  While Wicked arguably has greater name recognition due to its recent success it is never a good idea to be the last one to the dance, especially when box office profits hang in the balance.

Personally, I think it will be interesting to see how closely the film version follows the stage adaptation versus the original book.  The book is a bit darker and more nuanced than the play — something that probably has not escaped the notice of a director like Abrams.  More on Wicked as it comes.

Universal Starts Searching for Director of WICKED

By David Corbin

The creative minds of the wildly successful Broadway show Wicked, producer Marc Platt, playwright Winnie Holzman and songwriter Stephen Schwartz, have been meeting with some of Hollywood’s premier musical directors…and J.J. Abrams. The play, itself an adaptation of the book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West from L. Frank Baum’s classic Wizard of Oz and casts the emerald-skinned enchantress in a far more heroic light than the original story. While Abrams’ composing of the 17-second opening theme to LOST may not qualify him as a musical director, the other candidates (James Mangold, Ryan Murphy and Rob Marshall) have much stronger resumes. Mangold provided deft directing to Walk the Line, Murphy created Glee (but also Nip/Tuck) and Marshall was behind the camera for Chicago, the film (along with Moulin Rouge!) often cited for bringing musicals back into Hollywood’s good graces. For more hit the jump.

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It is good to see Universal is getting serious about Wicked but, as Deadline notes, they just about have no choice but to get this project moving quickly. Disney has two Oz-related projects in the development, one a retelling of the original 1939 film and the other is the Sam Raimi-directed The Great and Powerful Oz. While Wicked arguably has greater name recognition due to its recent success it is never a good idea to be the last one to the dance, especially when box office profits hang in the balance.

Personally, I think it will be interesting to see how closely the film version follows the stage adaptation versus the original book. The book is a bit darker and more nuanced than the play—something that probably has not escaped the notice of a director like Abrams. More on Wicked as it comes.

http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/wicked-ready-to-cast-movie-spell-authors-meet-with-filmmakers




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  • wi

    abrams please and thank you! that'd be a wonderful idea. i blame ryan murphy and cory monteith for all of glee's issues, and let's not forget rob marshall's most recent musical: nine. i would like abrams or baz luhrmann (but he wasn't mentioned. ideally i'd like baz to make all the movies).

  • Kel

    I'm trying to wrap my head around a J.J. Abrams directed musical, let alone a J.J. Abrams directed Wicked….I like it.

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  • gwen

    Please, give Anne Hathaway a role in this musical. She is one of the few A-list movie stars that actually has singing talent.

  • carpediem1991

    An adaptation of the musical would be nice, but an adaptation of the novel would be, simply put, epic, especially if they made a franchise with the rest of the books in the cycle–which aren't as good, but, hey, Hollywood doesn't shy out from franchise proposals these days, even less if they involve magic.

    Probably not gonna happen, though. At least I hope they get the musical right…

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  • http://ncjl.wordpress.com/ izikavazo

    I'm very conflicted about this story. I'd rather see the novel adapted rather than the musical. But the musical is better than nothing.
    I kinda like J.J. Abrams, but this story isn't exactly the kind of thing that he's great at.
    Then there's the cast. Any cast without Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel will seem incomplete. And I don't really think Idina Menzel stands a chance of getting cast as the lead. It's going to be a rough situation.

  • Jodi_Engen

    OMG Rob Marshall would be fantastic.

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