At long last comes news that Universal Pictures, which serves as a producer for the worldwide megahit stage musical Wicked, has plans to bring the backstory of Elphaba and Glinda to the big screen.
According to Variety, the movie version of Wicked won't happen anytime soon since the global phenomenon is still riding a wave of popularity that has not yet begun to crest. Already, the tuner has taken in over $1 billion around the world via its eight productions on four continents (and in three languages).
Variety reports that while producer Marc Platt is in "early" discussions with Universal, Wicked's librettist Winnie Holtzman will write the screenplay.
Variety quotes Universal's production president Donna Langley:
Our goal now is absolutely to make the Wicked film, but much like Judy Craymer wouldn't give up screen rights to Mamma Mia! until the stage show had reached its pinnacle, Marc and Stephen Schwartz are very mindful of the right timing. But we're dying to do it.Meanwhile, Platt remains a very busy man. He's not only producing the upcoming Broadway revival of Pal Joey, but he's also helping shepherd three other movie musicals, including the upcoming Rob Marshall-helmed Nine (filming begins this fall in London), a big-screen remake of Jesus Christ Superstar and a biopic of George Gershwin.
I'll report on any further developments on Wicked's silver screen incarnation as they become available. Perhaps we can finally start prognosticating on who would comprise our dream cast. Anyone?
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