Universal Begins Meetings for Wicked


Early work has begun on bringing Wicked to the silver screen, reports Deadline, who has received word that J.J. Abrams, James Mangold, Rob Marshall and Ryan Murphy are among the names who have met with the musical’s authors, Winnie Holzman (the libretto) and Stephen Schwartz (the songs).

The musical, originally based on the novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, retells L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz from the perspective of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.

Premiering in 2003, the stage version, which originally starred Idina Menzel, Kristen Chenoweth and Joel Grey, continues to perform internationally.