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.
Rob Marshall, J.J Abrams
They should get the person who worked on Tin Man or Alice for SyFy as those adapted the fantastical in a really non-cheesy and marvelous way.
Joss Whedon - that is all
Rob Marshall as long as he turns it into Chicago and not Nine. Why would you take a Broadway musical and make it a regular movie. Thats just nuts. It definately should be a musical and get the originals not someone who cant sing like they did with Mama Mia.
Well I loved Wicked the book and Broadway Show. So I really do not know?. But all I have ti say is I am looking forward to seeing that movie when it comes out. I am so excited because when I was a little kid I use to love the Wizard of Oz and my favorite part was when Dorthy threw the bucket if water on the Wicked Witch and my favorite character was The Wicked Witch so I loved Wicked I saw it twice. The show was a success and I know the movie is going to be a success to. I am just so excited. I will see it the first day it comes out. And I will promise to write about the only question I have to the world is when is it going to play?? Thanks and reply if you get a chance. Thank you and I promise to write about it on Fandango when I see it!!!
Or Adam Shankman :)
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Tim Burton would be THE BEST director for Wicked regardless of keeping it as a musical or not. Let's get someone talking to him about that...
I think unless it was a movie version of the novel, maybe not Burton. While I believe him to be one of the most incredible directors of all time, I just don't see the Wicked musical falling into his line of work. Though I'm sure anything he does will be great, something about it doesn't just seem to fit. I think someone who is experienced in movie versions of musicals (like whoever directed the movie adaptations of the musicals Hairspray and Chicago, because they were fantastic).
All I can say is, Gregory Maguire, Stephen Schwartz, and Winnie Holzman had better be VERY closely involved in the movie adaptations of both the musical AND the novel!
How about a woman director? It is a show about women after all. Kathryn Bigelow anyone?
Wicked was wonderful and I will see it again. I would prefer that the movie be a musical but I would love, love, love a collabo of Burton (I totally agree Sarah D and moviegeek75) for that dark edginess and Murphy for that heartwarming aspect. I will be on the look out for casting....
Ryan Murphy should direct, definitely! That would be incredible!
Here's what I was thinking cast wise:
Lea Michele - Elphaba
Jonathan Groff - Fieyro
John Gallagher jr. - Boq
Kristin Chenowth - Madam Morrible
Idina Menzel - Elphaba's mother
Katie Rose Clarke - Glinda
Sutton Foster - Nessa Rose
Christopher Walken - Wizard of Oz
Tim Burton I beleive would do a fantastic job, it falls right in line with his type of story telling. But this time leave Johnny behind.................................
Please not a musical. The original wasn't and it turned out to be a movie not to be forgotten......
Tim Burton DEFINETLY!!!!!!
no one!! its only amazing and awe inspiring live as a play :)
J.J Abrams, glee makes me cry, so not Murphy. Ever! But you know who would make wicked shine. Tim Burton. Just saying.
Rob Marshall. Not my favorite director, but he is good with this type of film.
It better be a movie musical or I will be PISSED! haha You can't do wicked with out the music after it's been on broadway and been so popular! Thats like making hairpsray, or sweeney todd into a straight movie.... just wrong.
Based on Ryan Murphy's earlier work, I'd think as a director he'd keep a tone a lot closer to the book (i.e. dark, pretty screwed up). He'd be my first pick if this was a regular movie, as opposed to a movie musical. Marshall's my first pick for movie-musical, while Mangold would probably have the best compromise between book and musical. Abrams is probably my last pick - he tends towards complicated dark plots, but I personally think he doesn't follow through well.
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