Rumors about a Wicked movie have been circulating for years. But so far, even though Universal owns the rights, nobody has successfully taken the Broadway hit to the big screen. So, when I heard that Salma Hayek was producing a Wicked miniseries with ABC, I was skeptical. How could such a huge stage production translate to TV?
I should’ve known better — I mean, Hayek understands television; she proved that with Ugly Betty. Turns out that the Wicked miniseries isn’t based on the stage play at all, it’s based on the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory Maguire.
Although the stage hit was loosely based on the book, the miniseries is completely separate, with a script to be written by Band of Brothers scribe Erik Jendersen.
Michael Ausiello tells us that ABC passed on a Wicked mini-series two years ago, when Steve McPherson was president, but Paul Lee resurrected it soon after he took over. Lee’s background includes producing shows in the UK, where mini-series are the norm. Few shows have more than eight episodes, which is how many Wicked is rumored to have.
The project is at a very early stage of development, but that doesn’t stop us from suggesting women to play Elphaba, the Wicked Witch, and Galinda, the Good Witch.
But the mini-series isn’t a musical, and who knows whether Michele can act? Glee certainly isn’t the place to find out.
My pick? Olivia Wilde.
Sure, she’s my pick for everything I can think of (and I do mean everything), but I honestly think Elphaba would be a great fit for her. Wilde has the acting chops, plus she’s a natural for the darkly funny witch. And I bet she’d still be gorgeous with a green face.
But I have too much invested in Brittana to imagine Morris leaving Glee. (Unless, of course, Naya Rivera signed up to be Elphie. “Elinda” anyone?)
Instead, I vote for Amanda Seyfried.
Seyfried is focusing on a film career, but as a mini-series, Wicked would not force her to commit to a television contract. And, seriously, don’t you think she was born to play Galinda the Good?
But I know you have feelings and opinions, and I want to see them. What do you think of a Wicked mini-series? And who do you think should play the lead witches?