Wicked Becoming A Major Mini-Series

Gregory Maguire’s novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West”, which inspired Broadway’s musical “Wicked”, will serve as the source material for an eight-hour miniseries in development at ABC reports TV Line.

Salma Hayek will produce and Erk Jendersen (“Band of Brothers”) is penning the series which insiders stress will be very much based on the novel, not the musical, so there’ll be no song numbers such as “Defying Gravity”. This means it will essentially serve as a prequel/companion piece to L. Frank Baum’s “Oz” books.

The announcement in now way effects Universal’s planned film adaptation of the musical itself, or the various other Oz-themed films in the works.