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“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy confirms interest in “Wicked” movie

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Is “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy the right director to helm a big-screen adaptation of “Wicked”?

We’d like to respectfully withhold our judgment until we see what Murphy is able to do with Liz Gilbert’s memoir, “Eat, Pray, Love,” which will be in theaters next month. Until then, we have but a handful of “Glee” and “Nip/Tuck” episodes and an underwhelming feature film — “Running with Scissors” — with which to decide his directorial talents. And given that evidence, I can’t see why Universal Studios would opt for Murphy over, say, Adam Shankman (“Hairspray”), to throw a name out there.

That being said, Murphy did confirm to HitFix that he is in the running to helm the announced “Wicked” film, but has yet to sit down and officially pitch his vision of the award-winning Broadway musical.

“I’m just a fan of it and thrilled of it to be considered,” Murphy told the site. “I think it’s one of those things where they have invited some people to come in and give them their take, but they are in absolutely no hurry to get that movie made because the show is such a huge success.”

Yet we are in a hurry to see it on the big screen. So whether it’s Murphy at the helm, or someone else, let’s just hope Universal gives the greelight soon and gets the process started.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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