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Hayek and Crew Pool Best of Best For Animated Version of 'The Prophet'

8 March 2011 3:40 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

This was a piece of last week's news that we're getting to late - but is worth highlighting. It’s been reprinted 163 times, sold over 100 million copies and translated into over 40 different languages, so it comes as no surprise that, in an era of Hollywood producers scraping the bottom of the barrel for new ideas, a hugely popular book like Khalil Gibran’s masterpiece The Prophet will be adapted for the big screen. Deadline is reporting that Salma Hayek, operating under her Ventanarosa Productions banner, has partnered with Clark Peterson and Ron Senkowski to produce an animated feature based on the book of 26 poetic essays. Hayek’s producing partner, Jose Tamez, will executive produce along with William Nix and co-financing from Steve Hanson. As each essay deals with such differing topics as joy to death and religion to beauty, The Prophet will get produced along the same lines as Fantasia and Paris, »

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Salma Hayek Joins Effort To Turn 'The Prophet' Into Animated Feature

4 March 2011 6:41 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Salma Hayek and her Ventanarosa Productions have joined Clark Peterson and Ron Senkowski to produce an animated feature based on the Kahlil Gibran book The Prophet. Hayek’s producing partner Jose Tamez will executive produce with co-financier Steve Hanson. The intention is for different directors to helm each chapter, with an interconnecting theme and a musical through-line. Filmmakers expected to participate so far include Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville), John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda), Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), Chris Landreth (Oscar-winning short Ryan), Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), Bill Plympton (Guard Dog and Your Face) and Kunio Kato (Oscar winning short Tsumiki no ie). Other filmmakers are expected to sign on, and the producers are in discussions with private-equity financiers to complete the funding for the picture. The Prophet is one of the best-selling books of all time, having sold over 100 million copies »


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ABC and Salma Hayek get 'Wicked'

11 January 2011 2:20 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

TCA news, as ABC is partnering with Salma Hayek to develop "Wicked" for the smallscreen. Erik Jendresen ("Band of Brothers") is penning the script for an eight-hour miniseries event. ABC Studios partners with Hayek's Ventanarosa Productions and Hayek will producer with partner Jose Tamez. "Wicked," is the "Wizard of Oz" tale reimagined from the Wicked Witch's Pov, based on the 1995 book "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" by Gregory Maguire. Maguire's book since has been a theater darling since 2003 as "Wicked." But the ABC miniseries is reported to follow the book. »

- April MacIntyre

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Hayek Gets Wicked

10 January 2011 8:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Salma Hayek is preparing to bring hit musical Wicked to the small screen.

The massively popular Wizard Of Oz spin-off, based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 book, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, is in production all over the world, bringing in millions of dollars.

And Hayek hopes to replicate the success on the small screen in a new mini-series. Band of Brothers writer Erik Jendresen has been hired to pen the script, while Hayek and her production partner, Jose Tamez, will act as executive producers.

The TV show will be more closely based on Maguire’s book than the musical, according to Variety. »

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Hayek and ABC Developing Wicked Miniseries

10 January 2011 | | See recent news »

Salma Hayek and ABC are developing an eight-part miniseries based on the best-seller that spawned the Broadway musical "Wicked." The project will not be a musical itself and it is unclear whether Hayek will also play a role in the mini. The mini will be based on Gregory Maguire's 1995 book "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West." Erik Jendersen, who was a producer on HBO's "Band of Brothers," is writing the script. Hayek and her partner Jose Tamez will produce via their Ventanarosa Productions with ABC Studios. ABC does not have any rights to the musical, which has been in development as a feature at Universal. »

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ABC Bewitched By "Wicked"

10 January 2011 4:08 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Actress/producer Salma Hayek and ABC are developing an 8-part miniseries based on author Gregory Maguire's 1995 book "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West."

The script is by Erik Jendersen, producer of HBO's Emmy Award-winning "Band of Brothers" miniseries.

Hayek and Jose Tamez will produce the ABC minseries via their Ventanarosa Productions.

"Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West", was written by Maguire in 1995, with illustrations by Douglas Smith, based on the public domain writings of "The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz" author L. Frank Baum and seven authors after him who continued writing the book series.

Maguire's take is a 'revisionist' look at the land and characters of 'Oz', including violent imagery and sexual situations, following the story of 'Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West', who it seems wasn't so wicked after all.

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- Michael Stevens

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ABC Developing 8-Hour 'Wicked' Miniseries Produced by Salma Hayek

9 January 2011 4:23 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

ABC is looking to get back in the event mini-series business with Wicked, an eight-hour mini-series produced by Salma Hayek, TVLine's Michael Ausiello reports. The project is not based on the highly-successful Broadway musical but on Gregory McGuire's bestselling book that spawned it. Despite a long tradition of TV musicals like Cinderella, Annie and The Music Man at ABC that flourished under Susan Lyne as head of TV movies and mini-series and then entertainment president, the genre disappeared from the network under Lyne's successor Stephen McPherson. In fact, McPherson passed on the Wicked mini-series a couple of year ago, a decision that was reversed by new ABC president Paul Lee. Wicked, which is in active development, is being produced by ABC Studios and Hayek and Jose Tamez's studio-based Ventanarosa Prods. Erik Jendersen (Band of Brothers) is writing the script. For now, there are no plans for Hayek to star. »


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Scoop: ABC Plots a Return to Oz

9 January 2011 3:58 PM, PST | | See recent news »

When I tell you that Salma Hayek is bringing a wicked new project to ABC, I mean that quite literally. Sources confirm that the actress-producer is teaming with ABC to develop an eight-hour miniseries adaptation of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the Gregory Maguire bestseller that spawned the Broadway phenom. The insider stresses that it would be based on the novel and not the musical. As a result, this Wicked would be less of a prequel and more of a parallel story to The Wizard of Oz. (Universal, as you may know, »

- Michael Ausiello

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Gregory McQuire's Wicked Being Developed into a Mini-Series for ABC

9 January 2011 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Salma Hayek is set to produce and put into motion an 8-hour miniseries based upon the widely popular book Wicked, which tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West as she goes through many travails to reach infamy. Word has it that the ABC production will not be based on the hit Broadway musical, but on the Gregory McQuire book Wicked: the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which is what the musical itself is consequentially modeled after. ABC Studios, Selma Hayek and Jose Tamez (under the auspices of Ventanarosa Productions) will all see the project through as producers. A script is being worked on by Band of Brothers scribe Erik Jendresen. In the book version of the story, Wicked follows the young and awkward Elphaba, a girl born with green skin and sharp »

- Eric Whitman

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