A film version of “Wicked” is in the works


I’m fairly certain that my neighbors reached for the phone to call the emergency equivalent of 911 over here in France when they heard my joyful shrieking (which to them may have sounded more like a mutated cat giving birth to elephants). I couldn’t help it when I received the news that a film version of the Wicked musical was in the works. Just the other day I was telling my girlfriend that the Wicked movie was long overdue, and now it turns out that my prayers have been answered. (That, or Hollywood has bugged my apartment.)

Universal Studios has teamed up with producers Marc Platt (Silence of the Lambs) and Stephen Schwartz to bring the Broadway hit to the silver screen (though it sounds like production is still in the very early stages). Universal’s Donna Langley implied that the film is mainly in talks at the moment, and being that Platt is currently busy with the film Nine, it sounds like it will be some time before we get any concrete details about the Wicked movie.

If you’re a fan of Wicked you’re likely asking yourself the following questions: Will there be subtext in the movie version? Who will play Elphie? Who will play Glinda? Can I be in it?

If the musical-to-film gods were on my side, we’d be sure to see Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth reprise their original roles. I don’t think it’s too much to ask to see those two defy gravity together one more time. (Or, you know, stare longingly into each other’s eyes while — OK, maybe that part’s too much to ask, but a girl can dream.)

Of course, they’re not the only choices. Who would make your perfect Elphaba and Glinda? And who else is as excited as I am?

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