Stephen Daldry May Direct Wicked

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Director Stephen Daldry attends Time Warner's "Beyond 9/11" Photo Exhibit and Screening at Milk Studios on September 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Time Warner) Photo: Larry Busacca/2011 Getty Images

Fresh out of Comic-Con is the unexpected news that Universal has been chasing Stephen Daldry — yes, the Stephen Daldry behind noted cheerfests The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close — for its adaptation of the smash musical Wicked. When asked to comment, Brett Ratner sang a few bars of “Defying Gravity” and then burst into tears.