Wicked Awesome Wicked Series Ignites DreamWorks' Wick
by Brandon Lee Tenney
October 23, 2009
DreamWorks has acquired the rights to the Wicked book series, written by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie, according to Variety. No, not the musical Wicked. Or the book said musical was based on. But the young adult book series centered on a young woman who discovers she's the descendant of a powerful coven of witches. But, in a cruel twist of fate, she falls in love with a boy who just so happens to be a member of a rival coven! Oh no! Written by Aaron and Matthew Benay (whose screenplay 1906 is being brought to the screen by director Brad Bird), Wicked is as of yet unknown to be but a single film or the start of a franchise.
So, it's Romeo and Juliet -- with witches. With five books in the series, all of which are already published (the last one having been released this past July), it seems idiotic of me not to suggest that this may very well be the start of a franchise. Perhaps riding the broom-bristles of Harry Potter as it leaves the theatres for good? Maybe tapping into the Twilight fan base with a female-centric fantasy story about love, loss, and becoming a woman? It's pretty great to see that right there in the logline the female lead is being defined by the boy she falls in love with, right? Yeah, no. Get ready for more screaming fan girls for this series, too.
I've not read this series of books, nor had I even heard of them before tonight, but something tells me they're not really aimed in my direction. What is interesting, however, is that the script is to be written by the Brothers Benay. I'm always interested to see guys writing girls. Is that enough to pique your interest?