Wicked Becomes A Movie
Itís somewhat surprising that this hasnít happened before now. Variety reports that a movie is finally being made out of the Broadway musical Wicked.
Wicked, for those who havenít been, takes the story of The Wizard of Oz and turns it on its head. It tells the classic story from the perspective of the Wicked Witch, who as it turns out isnít at all evil, just horribly mistreated and misunderstood. I saw the play not long ago, and for the most part wasnít particularly impressed. That is, except for one utterly magical, completely transcendent sequence in which the playís Wicked Witch hero sings and finally takes flight while singing ďDefying gravityĒ. The song is fantastic, the way itís staged is amazing, and I canít imagine any way that signature moment could ever be as breathtaking done up in a movie. However, they might be able to improve the rest of it which is letís face it, pretty mediocre when compared to that one moment.
The movie version is being shepherded along over at Universal by producer Marc Platt. Platt had a hand in making Wanted happen, and heís already working on Wanted 2. The Wicked stage version is a monster hit, ten years from now itíll probably be regarded as the new Phantom of the Opera. So heíll almost certainly have no trouble getting people to see it.
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