Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Wicked movie officially confirmed by Universal Pictures

OK, I know I'm not the only 'Wicked' fan here (Amy herself is one of them in case you don't know!) and I thought you might be interested by the following press announcement released today by Universal Pictures. The producers have officially confirmed that a 'Wicked' movie is underway.

PLEASE LET THEM CONSIDER AMY FOR THE PART OF ELPHABA! We all know it's her dream role :) Although I suspect she would be more logically playing Glinda the Good if she ever was in the movie. Anyway-- I bet the producers would prefer Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth as they originated the roles on Broadway, so I don't think it will happen for Amy. Perhaps she will want to do a cameo and play a munchkin? Who knows! Here, here:

Marc Platt and Universal Pictures are taking formative steps toward a screen adaptation of "Wicked," the stage musical that Universal co-finances and Platt produces with David Stone.

After crossing the $1 billion mark in worldwide stage gross and opening its eighth production in Australia, "Wicked" has become one of the studio's most profitable investments and could follow a stage-to-screen track reminiscent of "Mamma Mia!" which U bows Friday.

Platt, who transitioned from U production prexy to producer under Stacey Snider and Ron Meyer, has been at the studio for a decade. While he remains close with Snider (who left to run DreamWorks), he said he's loyal to Meyer -- who championed U's investment in "Wicked" -- and has developed strong ties to U Pictures chairman Marc Shmuger, co-chairman David Linde and production president Donna Langley.

U brass has made it a priority to lock up their big suppliers, and Platt's pact follows longterm deals made by Imagine Entertainment and Working Title.

"Marc has strong commercial tastes, but so eclectic that you can't put him in a box or category," Langley said. "Our goal now is absolutely to make the 'Wicked' film, but much like Judy Craymer wouldn't give up screen rights to 'Mamma Mia!' until the stage show had reached its pinnacle, Marc and Stephen Schwartz are very mindful of the right timing. But we're dying to do it."

Platt, who produced the play with Stone and U, confirmed they are in early movie talks, and that book writer Winnie Holzman will write the script.

Source

21 comments:

jz said...

can't wait to see it!

hey is it just me, or is she green in that picture lol

Stephany said...

She is, haha. I found this image on the internet - someone had greenified Amy!

jz said...

lol nice touch
i can see little kids very confused seeing giselle becoming green and a witch haha

Tiffarazzi said...

Lol she was 'greenified' ... that was funny Steph :)

Jessie said...

Eh. I'm not sure how I feel about a movie being made of Wicked :P I adore the live musical so much... I just hope it's well done.

kaci said...

I know she would prefer Elphie, but I can't help thinking Amy would make a wonderful Galinda!

Lucy said...

It' so wonderful! I only listened this musical and if it wiil be a movie so let it be!

SkullyRox said...

Ooh I was just reading about this last night.
I would love to see Amy in this, but as Glinda... Idina is for me the best Elphaba there could be.

Anonymous said...

Oh i would love to see her in this movie!!!

But i like the original cast.
Idina and Kristin.
Ohhh..

Aerdna said...

I'm not sure how they'd pull a movie off, the live show is just plain magical. Although I think she'd make a great Galinda, I would probably prefer that they brought back the original cast. Amy might have a shot, though, since Kristin seems quite busy with Pushing Daisies and her other gigs....

NinjaHanzo said...

Both Kristin and Idina have expressed that they would have loved to play the part of Glinda and Elphaba once again.

laulalove3290 said...

I understand that amy adams is fantastic, and i too love her voice, but the part of Elphaba should only ever be played by Idina Menzel. The originated the role and performed it the best. Also, Kristin was perfectly made to play Galinda... i dont think anyone could possibly argue that.

CHRSTOPHER said...

I THINK UNIVERSAL WOULD BE CRAZY NOT TO MAKE THIS INTO A MOVIE....i HAVE SEEN THE MUSICAL 2 TIMES AND IT IS INCREDIBLE. IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN IT, PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND SEE IT. AT THE VERY LEAST READ THE BOOK. IT IS MAGNIFICENT AND SUCH A WONDERFUL STORY....UNIVERSAL IF YOU ARE LISTENING....PLEASE MAKE THE MOVIE!!!!!!

Shannon said...

i think they should def have Aaron Tveit as Feyro. he was amazing on broadway (and still is) and would be perfect for the movie!!!

Van said...

I hope they stick to the original Broadway Cast! otherwise it will be a flop just like the Phantom of the Opera! yikes!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful Musical, but I doubt Idina or Kristen are coming back. They will simply be too old to be college students. Amy would be wonderful as either, but in my opinion, an unknown should be cast as Elphaba, and possibly, Amy could play G(a)linda

You_Only_Wish_You_Knew said...

ohhh i think amy would make a good elphaba!

Anonymous said...

As much as I like Amy Adams, I think it would be a disaster to replace Idina or Kristin. If people want the movie to do well then they need to stick to the original cast.

Catherine said...

i think amy adams would be a great galinda. anne hathaway would make a better elphaba

Sara Jean said...

Apparently, when Idina and Amy were shooting "Enchanted", Amy would try to get Idina to sing Wicked songs with her and would play Galinda to Idina's Elphaba. Although she would be great as either, I think she'd love to play Galinda, and her voice is too sweet to be Elphaba...it requires a much stronger voice with a "different" quality to it.

Martha MacIsaac said...

Wow, I can't believe that they finally hammered something out with Universal. I think its going to be really successful. I recently read an article about it on www.wickedbroadwaytickets.com
and they were talking like it was going to be the next big deal. I guess we'll see.