Universal Moves Forward With WICKED Film Adaptation

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Stephen Daldry

Stephen Daldry, the Tony Award winning director of Billy Elliot: The Musical is reportedly in talks to direct Universal’s film adaptation of blockbuster musical Wicked.

Just as Disney unveils its Sam Raimi directed “Oz: The Great And Powerful,” Universal is finally moving forward with its screen adaptation of the top grossing musical. At the same time, Jon Favreau is in talks to direct another top grossing Broadway production Jersey Boys.

Wicked began as a movie development project with Marc Platt, the show’s producer, and Universal. It later changed course and took the stage, quickly recouping its $14 million capitalization and regularly topping the weekly grosses.

Wicked is a Wizard of Oz prequel. It’s based on the Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life And Times Of The Wicked Witch Of The West and focuses on the early relationship between Glinda the Good and Elphaba, the green-skinned witch before she ended up flying through the sky via broomstick.

Daldry’s recent projects include “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,”  “The Reader” and “The Hourse.” He achieved his Tony Award for directing An Inspector Calls.

As for Jersey Boys—John Logan has written the latest draft of the script “Jersey Boys” The Sotry of Frankie Valli & The Four Season.” The project was aquired by GK Films’ Graham King and Tim Headington. They are producing the adaptation along with executive producers Frankie Valli and Bon Gaudio.

Favreau who will direct, helmed both “Iron Man” films and also “Cowboys & Aliens.”