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October 23, 2009

Wicked

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?

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  • Hattori Hanzo
    Wicked!
  • S
    I have no interest in this at all. Hell, I've never even seen Twilight. I do wish that someone would adapt the book Wicked, which the play is based on, because the play is NOTHING like the book. The actual book is very dark and adult.
  • cs
    I've never heard of this book, only the play. But I guess I can check it out. And it's not an original plot by any means.
  • Alfredo
    What's with the current fascination with witches, zombies and vampires?? I go to Borders and 50% of the books I see are about that. I wish they went back to being horror staples, rather than teenie-bopper girls' new fad thing to read.
  • Me.
    Its a good book series. Didn't like the last one through. It gets really hard to follow sometimes. But it be cool to see them has a movie.
  • FekketCantenel
    Clicked for the musical, closed because of lame teenie novels. I suggest future posts on this topic contain '(Not the Musical)' in the title.
  • lamb of pierre
    4, I agree: I never would have saw this trend coming years ago. There was "Goosebumps" but come on-- That was just plain fun. All this classic monster teenage girl-safe lit is really an epidemic... sigh... whatever get's the money from their pockets.
  • Dan
    @6 really? The first sentence clears up any misconceptions. That was your bad. I suggest reading.
  • FekketCantenel
    #8, I use your handy RSS feed. I clicked because of the title. Since you wrote it, that was your bad. That's why I suggested an edit to the title, not to the post. Please don't be rude.
  • FekketCantenel
    Edit: Actually, Brandon Lee Tenney wrote the article, hence it's HIS bad. That's why I made a friendly suggestion. No pressure to even use it, but watch out for annoyed fans of the musical. Then again, I doubt we're ever going to hear of this movie project again, so the chances of the name confusion coming up are slim.
  • Jessicathewicked
    ok so im totally hooked on this book series. and If you find them hard to follow? go back and check out what you think you missed. I didnt have a problem. Im still in search of the last one and i have yet to find it and read it. AWESOME BOOKS!
  • samanth
    the last book can be bought at wal-mart. i just finished it. teh series was actually pretty good.

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