A while back we mentioned the possibility of the hit Broadway musical Wicked, adapted from Gregory Maguire’s best seller about what happened in Oz before Dorothy showed up, making its way to the silver screen.
Moviehole recently chatted with Kristin Chenoweth, the actress who originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the Broadway production of the show, who had this to say about the chances of Wicked winging its way to the big screen-
Well, will it ever be made? Yes, I do think it will be made. I think – you know, there’s some sort of thing going on right now where everyone’s hearing that there’s going to be a movie. You know, there will be a movie. But I believe – and I could be wrong, but I believe it will be years before we see it as a movie, because – you know, Universal will really want to make sure that they suck it dry, so to speak in all the theaters. And if you look at movies like Chicago and Phantom of the Opera those were 20, 25 years after the fact. And I could see, definitely, me playing Madame Morrible at that point. But I hope they really do it soon, so that I’m young enough to play Glinda.
Hopefully, someone will get the ball rolling on this one. I saw Chenoweth in the show on Broadway a few months after it had opened and thought her performance was top notch. In fact, it would be great if the producers could re-team Chenoweth with her Broadway co-star Idina Menzel, as both their interpretations should be captured on film. Universal might want to get moving on a film adaptation as Chenoweth has suddenly found herself with some unexpected free time following ABC’s stupid decision to cancel Pushing Daisies, on which she co-starred.