Monday, January 10, 2011

Wicked to Fly to Television

Gregory Maguire's Wicked seems to be becoming increasingly popular by the minute.  The Broadway musical adaptation is still up and running more than seven years after it opened, and continues to bring in more than $1,000,000 (yes, million) per week in ticket sales.  Then there's the national tour and resident productions in London and Brisbane, Australia.  The Chicago and Los Angeles productions sold as well as anything that had been seen at the theaters in which they played.  And, as though that wasn't enough, there's the upcoming movie adaptation of the musical being developed by Universal Pictures.

Now, to add to the cult status of the show and book, an eight hour miniseries based on Gregory Maguire's original novel is being developed for television for ABC.  Salma Hayek and Jose Tamez will be producing the miniseries through their production company, Ventanarosa Productions.  This production will not be a musical and will stay closer to the source novel's twisted take on The Wizard of Oz.

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