The team behind the hit musical Wicked are itching to make a screen adaptation of the book that later became a Tony Award winning sensation. And, let’s be honest, J.J. Abrams needs more of our money. Abrams has been approached by the play’s power team (Marc Platt, Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz) to possibly direct the screen version, which will be a guaranteed hit.
James Mangold (Walk the Line, Knight and Day), Ryan Murphy (Running with Scissors, Glee) and Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine) have also been in talks with Universal to direct. Marshall seems like the logical decision, given his extensive musical background in film, but Abrams would definitely be an interesting choice, given the element of fantasy, which he has nearly perfected. What excites me about Abrams is the new audience that his inclusion will bring to the genre.
I’m not much of a musical fan, but I definitely would go see Wicked if Abrams was behind the wheel.