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Brett Ratner says “Wicked” adaptation is his “dream project”

Brett Ratner says “Wicked” adaptation is his “dream project” (photo)

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Of all the names that come to mind to potentially direct a big screen adaptation of “Wicked,” Brett Ratner is not someone we would put at the top of our list.

The “Tower Heist” director admitted in an interview with The New York Times that adapting “Wicked” is his “dream project.” It might seem like a strange choice for the man who helmed the “X-Men” and “Rush Hour” trilogies, but he defended his decision by saying he is better-served by going the unexpected route.

“People who played it safe, they weren’t really going anywhere,” he said. “They did the same thing over and over again. I’ve always challenged myself, and whether I failed or not, I didn’t fail in my mind. I went through the experience, and it prepared me for the next time I’m going to do it.”

It should be noted that Ratner has never directed a musical, though he has worked on several music videos. “Wicked” would definitely be a passion project, and that can be a hit-or-miss venture (just look at Peter Jackson’s ill-received adaptation of “The Lovely Bones”). Since he is producing the Oscars and planning to direct “The 39 Clues” next, Ratner wouldn’t be able to tackle “Wicked” until sometime next year at the earliest, so it sounds like he is just sharing that this is a project he’d like to work on. Only time will tell whether he ends up getting the gig.

Rumors of a “Wicked” film have swirled around Hollywood ever since the musical debuted on Broadway in 2003. The latest story is that “Band of Brothers” showrunner Erik Jendreson was looking to adapt the story into an eight-hour miniseries for ABC, though there’s been no movement on that front since it was announced in January.

Do you want to see “Wicked” get adapted? Do you think Ratner is the man for the job? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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