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As cinematic classics Heathers and Rocky try their luck on the stage, two beloved stage musicals are eyeing a leap to the big screen. The long-awaited Wicked adaptation is reportedly “gearing up,” while Spring Awakening aims to get going later this year with McG at the helm. (Nope, not an April Fool’s joke.) Hit the jump for the latest updates on these movie musicals.

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As film after film gets reworked for the Great White Way, two Broadway smash hits are, in turn, inching closer to the big screen. Universal’s been trying to put together a movie adaptation of Wicked (itself the stage adaptation of Gregory Maguire‘s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West) for a few years now with little to show for it, but now they’re actively courting Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close helmer Stephen Daldry for the gig.

Meanwhile, over at Sony/Columbia, Jon Favreau‘s gone from being the frontrunner to direct the studio’s Jersey Boys pic to actually negotiating for the job. More details on both after the jump.

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Every time we run a story about one of the Wizard of Oz films that are in development, the same question comes up: where’s Wicked? The Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West told the story of Oz from the perspective of the witch of the title, then spawned a tremendously successful stage musical, and there have been rumors of a film for several years.

But this may not be quite what you’re expecting. This version of Wicked, developed by Salma Hayek‘s company Ventanarosa Productions, is based on the novel, rather than the musical, and will see life as an ABC miniseries. Read More »

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Prepare yourselves now, because the profusion of Wizard of Oz projects hitting in the next few years may start to get a little overwhelming. In no particular order, we already have lined up: Oz, the Great and Powerful, starring Robert Downey Jr. and (potentially) directed by Sam Raimi; Drew Barrymore’s proposed Wizard of Oz sequel, Surrender Dorothy; the Polish brothers’ Oz prequel; Dorthy of Oz, an animated outing; and one of two Warner Bros. remakes, which could either be the Todd McFarlane-produced re-envisioning or the simply titled Oz, written by Darren Lemke (co-writer of Bryan Singer’s upcoming Jack the Giant Killer).

That enough Oz mayhem for you? Or do you think we need one more?

Yup, Universal thinks we need one more. To fill out that already full roster, there’s the upcoming musical adaptation Wicked, a prequel to the classic Wizard of Oz tale that’s told from the perspective of the witches. This will mark the title’s third incarnation, which started as a bestselling novel before finding great success as a stage musical. Which director will be bringing the material to the big screen? The current line-up is enough to titillate: J.J. Abrams, James Mangold, Ryan Murphy and Rob Marshall. More on these selections after the break. Read More »

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