Wicked the film
Back in 2008 we heard that Wicked was going to be made into a film, and now we're hearing that the film is moving forward as the people behind the musical and the film version have been meeting directors, and it looks like this is going to be a big film if the directors names they've dropped turn out to be correct.
JJ Abrams, James Mangold, Ryan Murphy, and Rob Marshall are the names mentioned, and suddenly the idea of a film version of Wicked is becoming something much bigger than first thought.
Mind you, considering how big the musical was there surely wasn't much thought being given to the fact that the musical of the Wicked Witch of the East from the Wizard of Oz was going to be anything less than huge.
The musical itself is based on the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire with songs and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman. Both Schwartz and Maguire are involved in the production of the film along with the producer of the musical Marc Platt.
Deadline Hollywood Daily has the story and surprises me with the news that this was meant to be a film in the first place, and that Platt had the film at Universal before they decided the musical route. Now thought the time is right, the stage musical is still doing superbly well and has raised some US $2 billion worldwide.
Musicals are doing well just now in Hollywood and they show no sign of letting up, and with another high profile stage musical keen to make it to the big screen there's no wonder directors of this calibre are being approached. Mind you, approached means nothing more than having a few meetings to talk about the project, there's no guarantee that any of these names could sign up, however there are a good few names there who would bring different styles to the project as well as some previous experience directing musicals.
I think for me the name that stands out there the most is James Mangold, for he directed the superb Walk the Line (Filmstalker review) which was a close call to a musical and did a great job of being a film in its own right. Who would you choose for Wicked the film?