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Latino Daily News

Monday January 10, 2011

Salma Hayek and ABC Partner up To Bring a “Wicked” Adaptation to TV

Mexican movie star Salma Hayek is partnering with ABC to develop what will be the network’s return to the miniseries format.  This time it will be the re-telling of the popular book-turned-musical ‘Wicked.’

Erik Jendersen (Band Of Brothers) is currently adapting the book into an eight-hour miniseries, produced by ABC Studios, and Ventanarosa Productions, Hayek’s production company with partner José Támez.  They will both serve as executive producers.

The miniseries will be based on the 1995 book “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire, which essentially retells the story of ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ but from the perspective of the green tinged Wicked Witch.

ABC and Hayek have reported that the show will aim to stay close to the book, and will differ from the broadway show, since they do not have the rights to that material.

The rights to the musical ‘Wicked’ were purchased by Universal, who is looking to develop the material into a feature film .

Hayek so far has only signed on as Executive Producer, therefore it is unclear whether or not she will take on an acting role.