I just read an article about how Adam Shankman has “has ruled himself out of bringing the musical sequel to The Wizard of Oz to the big screen – because he’s not convinced it will translate well from the stage.” I can understand a slight concern about how it might do at the box office. Wicked is not for everyone. However, his reason for the musical not doing well as a movie is ridiculous. He states, “I’m always being asked about Wicked, but I’m uncertain people will fall in love with an actor who is green. There are big emotional moments and she is green. It’s one thing having an overweight girl in Hairspray – you see overweight people all the time- but you never see green women crying.”
You’re probably right, Mr. Shankman. I mean, thousands of theatre attenders are certainly wrong. There’s no possible way any of those people could be right, considering they all fell in love with an actor that was green. Of course, America has fallen in love with talking dogs; oh, but you’ve probably seen a talking dog before. They’ve fallen in love with superheroes that can distort their bodies and completely change form; oh, but you’ve probably seen those, too. I guess we Wicked fans will just have to resign ourselves to the fact that a world that accepts and adores talking animals and morphing human beings would never accept a green woman.
Well, Mr. Shankman, I truly hope that if they do decide to make a movie from the musical, that you have absolutely NOTHING to do with the production. I can tell from your comments that you could never have the passion for Elphaba that she truly deserves. Sadly, there’s a part of me that doesn’t even want to see Hairspray now. And I was really looking forward to it!