Forget home, there’s no place like Oz.
Salma Hayek and ABC are developing an eight-part miniseries adaptation based on the Oz-centric book “Wicked,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Gregory Maguire’s best seller retells the “Wizard of Oz” story from the sympathetic viewpoint of the Wicked Witch of the West, the green Elphaba. It has already been translated into the hugely successful Broadway musical, but Hayek’s version will not be set to song.
Hayek and her producing partner Jose Tamez guide the version under their Ventanarosa Prod. with ABC Studios.
Erik Jenderson, who won an Emmy for his work on HBO’s “Band of Brothers,” is writing the script.
There’s no official word yet on whether Hayek herself will appear in the production.
NBC Universal is also developing a version of “Wicked” that is based on the musical (so, apparently, there will be at least two places like home).
Have you read the book or seen the Broadway production? What do you think about a non-musical “Wicked”?