Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Wicked & Jersey Boys: The Movies!

We can’t believe this hasn’t happened before now but, finally Wicked and Jersey Boys are to be turned into feature length films.

Universal have finally given Wicked the green light and come 2014 Wicked will be seen by audiences on stage and on screen. Some big names have been approached as potential directors including JJ Abrams (Cloverfield, Mission: Impossible, Ryan Murphy (co-creator of Glee) and Rob Marshall (director of Chicago).
Universal had the chance to turn Gregory Maguire’s bestselling book into a film years ago, but they chose to turn it into a musical instead, which in hindsight was a very good decision!

The musical has a very strong and vocal fanbase, and the fans have already started campaigning to get the original Broadway leads, Idina Menzel, who is currently performing her solo concert,  and Kristin Chenoweth to reprise their roles as Elphaba and Glinda respectively.
This probably won’t happen (sorry Wicked fans!) but we can picture Glee star, Lea Michele as the bad witch, with perhaps Carrie Underwood as Glinda.
Let’s hope they do the original musical justice though, there won’t a better advert for the production as a Hollywood movie!
As for the Jersey Boys movie, Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio, two band members of The Four Seasons, will be producing the movie! GK Films have the rights to create the film and will have the help of the writers of the Jersey Boys musical, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice to help create a screenplay. It seems that in true Italian style, they are keeping it within the family!
Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio talking about the movie said, “We are extremely excited about the passion and commitment expressed by GK Films to take Jersey Boys to another level. Graham King has been a believer from day one. We are in good hands”.

Both movies should be instant hits with existing fans and hopefully people who haven’t seen the stage shows too!
Who can you see playing the witches? Which actors could play The Four Seasons?

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