J.J. Abrams under consideration to direct ‘Wicked’ musical film adaptation

HollywoodNews.com: LOST creator J.J. Abrams is one of several possible directors to have been meeting with Stephen Schwartz, creator of the hit Broadway show “Wicked”, about an upcoming movie adaptation, Collider reports.

While the other potential candidates, among them Rob Marshall, James Mangold, and “Glee”‘s Ryan Murphy, are already known for their musical direction, Abrams has never before directed a musical himself. A “Wicked” film has been in the works for a long time, but Universal is only recently actively beginning to work toward production in light of Disney’s upcoming Oz remake and Sam Raimi’s “The Great and Powerful Oz.”

What do you think about an Abrams-directed “Wicked”, musical theatre (and book!) lovers? Personally, I find the possibility fantastic and would love to see the kind of darker, more complex touch he would give to the family-friendly show, already adapted for the stage from Gregory Maguire’s best-selling and undeniably adult novel.

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  • July 25, 2010 | Permalink |

    Personally I hate the idea of Abrams directing.

  • August 24, 2010 | Permalink |

    The Film Cast of WICKED will includes Vanessa Baden as Elphaba, Danielle Panabaker as Glinda, Queen Latifah as Madame Morrible, Victor Garber as The Wizard, Chace Crawford as Fiyero, Lucas Grabeel as Boq, Kay Panabaker as Nessarose, Barry Pearl as Doctor Dillamond, Allison Janney as The Midwife, Michelle Pfeiffer as Witch’s Mother, John Travolta as Witch’s Father, Nathan West as Chistery, Huntley Ritter.

    The ensemble of WICKED will includes Brenda Song, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfield, Elijah Kelly, Kimberly J. Brown, Zac Efron, Brittany Snow, Phil Lewis, Kim Rhodes, Cole Sprouse, Ashley Tisdale, Dylan Sprouse, Holland Roden, Luke Wilson, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Kevin Jonas, Daniella Monet, Joe Jonas, Sara Paxton, Kelly Fletcher, Nick Baga, Sarah Jayne Jensen, Nathan West, Nicole Albright, Huntley Ritter, Clare Kramer, Justin Timberlake, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Bradford, Eliza Dushku, Richard Hillman, Nicole Bliderback, Alfonso Robertio, Karyn Parsons, Will Smith, Taylor Parks, Malcolm Jamal Warner.

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