Directors Vying To Get “Wicked”

J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek”), James Mangold (“Walk the Line”), Ryan Murphy (“Glee”) and Rob Marshall (“Chicago”) are just some of the filmmakers who’ve either had a meeting or expressed interest in helming Universal’s film adaptation of hit stage musical “Wicked” reports Deadline.

Musical producer Marc Platt, book writer Winnie Holzman, and songwriter Stephen Schwartz have begun meetings with the various directors and will conduct more later in the Fall.

The musical itself has pulled in grosses of $2 billion worldwide, on par with “Mamma Mia!” whose film adaptation went on to score an additional $600 million worldwide. Universal is likely hoping for revenues that would equal or improve on Mia’s tally.