Tony winner and Oscar nominee Stephen Daldry is the new front-runner to direct Universal’s screen adaption of the blockbuster musical "Wicked."
The studio and the musical’s producer Marc Platt have considered several contenders to head the project, including J.J. Abrams, Rob Marshall, James Mangold and, more recently, "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy. Now the studio is courting Daldry, Deadline.com reported.
Daldry has helmed hits for Hollywood and Broadway. He won Tonys for directing "Billy Elliot" and "An Inspector Calls." He has been nominated for Oscars three times, for "The Reader," "The Hours" and "Billy Elliot."
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, "Wicked" is a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz" and follows the unlikely friendship between two witches, the fair-skinned Glinda and the green-skinned Elphaba, whose tones match their temperaments.