WICKED is the pre-story to the classic book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and was written by Gregory Macguire. It provides the backstory of The Wicked Witch of the West (Elphaba), Glinda - The Good Witch (Galinda), The Wizard and some of the other characters such as the winged monkeys, the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Man.
I was absolutely entranced by this book. The author takes a story that is so familiar to us all and smacks it, flips it and rubs it down into something so engrossing, so thought provoking and very entertaining. By reshaping the characters into fully flushed out, three dimensional characters with emotions and pasts, Macguire makes us reevaluate our feelings toward the two witches, thus pushing us to challenge our traditional definitions of good-evil, justice-injustice, and hatred-love.
WICKED has already been turned into a successful Broadway musical, but I so easily see it on the big screen. The action, visuals, amazing characters and dry, witty sense of humor would translate so well. I would love to see Hillary Swank as Elphaba and Reese Witherspoon as Galinda.