It’s one of the most popular musicals on Broadway, and now Universal is beginning to put a plan together to finally bring Wicked to the big screen. Though it was originally developed as a movie, Universal opted to make Wicked a musical instead. And what a musical it turned out to be – making millions of dollars since it began its run on Broadway, collecting a massive fan base along the way.
Now, Deadline reports that the studio has already met with a few different directors in their search to find the perfect person to bring Wicked to movie theaters. They are: J.J Abrams, Rob Marshall, James Mangold and Ryan Murphy. Definitely an interesting assortment of men, with Abrams representing a more elaborate, fantastical (perhaps sci-fi driven) tone, all the way down to Ryan Murphy (who’s responsible for Glee) representing what would most likely be a more straight-up musical. Marshall, of course, is the veteran here when it comes to movie musicals, having directed Annie, Chicago and Nine, while Mangold (Walk the Line) is more of a wild card, a director who could make Wicked a seriously wicked awards contender.