Wicked the Movie: Based on the Book or the Musical? Or Both?


There's exciting news swirling around lately that the Broadway musical Wicked will definitely be made into a movie. According to Variety, Universal Pictures (the same studio behind Mamma Mia!) is taking "formative steps" to get Wicked into movie theaters soon.

Like so many others, I have a history with the Broadway show that started with enjoying the book by Gregory Maguire that inspired the stage show. I thought his satirical vision of Oz as a dark land rife with political issues and tensions was a cool twist on an old tale we all know.

The book also takes a closer look at Elphaba (a.k.a. The Wicked Witch of the West), depicting her as an insecure girl who comes of age as an outsider because of the way she looks (it's seriously not easy being green). This is the part of Maguire's work that the musical is focused on.

I know that the musical is beloved by many, but long before there were any songs, I totally envisioned a Tim Burton-esque adaptation of the book that was at once fantastical and dark. So what are you hoping for? Should they make a straight adaptation of the musical, or should they draw a little more from the book when making the film version? Or maybe there's something in the middle, like Burton's Sweeney Todd.

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