ABC is getting Wicked

From TV Line – The book that gave birth to Broadway’s top earning show is now setting its cap at television. Selma Hayek is developing an eight hour miniseries for ABC based on Geogary Maguire’s smash book, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. So no, it won’t be a musical – but before you get too disappointed, Universal IS developing a film based on the musical.

The miniseries will hail from ABC Studios and Ventanarosa Prods; Hayek is only on board to produce, though there’s a possibility she might take on a supporting role. Erik Jendersen (Band of Brothers) is penning the adaptation.

Book Jacket:

When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

You can read an excerpt here.