January 10, 2011 / 3:56 AM / 7 years ago

Salma Hayek, ABC developing a "Wicked" miniseries

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Salma Hayek and ABC are developing an eight-hour miniseries adaptation of the book “Wicked” that spawned the Broadway play.

Salma Hayek arrives at Christie's Green Auction on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, in New York April 22, 2010. REUTERS/Chip East

Hayek and her partner Jose Tamez will produce via their Ventanarosa Productions. with ABC Studios. The project is in the early stages of development, so it’s unclear whether Hayek will also appear in “Wicked.”

The miniseries genre is all but dead on broadcast TV, but ABC has kept that fire burning with periodic longform projects including the Oprah Winfrey-produced “A Raisin in the Sun” with Sean Combs and Phylicia Rashad.

Hayek’s “Wicked” will be based on the Gregory Maguire best-seller “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” which led to the Broadway musical. But the miniseries will not be a musical, sources said.

Erik Jendersen, who was a producer on HBO’s miniseries “Band of Brothers,” is writing the script.

Hayek has had a successful relationship with ABC, having produced “Ugly Betty” for the network. She currently has another telenovela adaptation in development at ABC Studios; “Los Roldan” is based on the Argentinian telenovela about a working-class man who saves a woman’s life. To reward him, she gives him a job running her company, despite the disapproval of her family.

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