Exclusive: The big-screen adaptation has officially received a release date. Disney announced that Rob Marshall‘s film, based upon Stephen Sondheim‘s classic musical, will hit theaters nationwide on December 25, 2014. “Into the woods” is heading to London to begin shooting this September. [Post]
August 5 – They start filming today! [Post]
The updated script can be downloaded from here.
Disney’s not straying too far from Sondheim as they venture INTO THE WOODS. At least not in their branding efforts.At today’s D23 live-action film expo, Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios’ Motion Picture Production, took to the stage to unveil the newly crafted logo for the film adaptation of the classic stage musical. Check it out, via Inside the Magic, to the left!
IMDb – Storyline:
A witch conspires to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children’s stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.
Director: Rob Marshall
Writers: James Lapine (book, screenplay)
Anna Kendrick – Cinderella
Chris Pine – Cinderella’s Prince
Tracey Ullman – Jack’s Mother
Christine Baranski – Cinderella’s mother
Billy Magnussen – Rapunzel’s Prince
“Into the Woods” is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine is about a childless baker and his wife who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch that put the spell on them. Along the way, they encounter classic fairy tale characters. It debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986, and premiered on Broadway in 1987. Into the Woods won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason), in a year dominated by The Phantom of the Opera.
Meryl Streep is attached to helmer Rob Marshall’s big-screen adaptation of the popular Broadway musical “into the Woods”. Streep, who previously starred and sang in the Phyllida Lloyd-helmed “Mamma Mia!”, is set to play The Witch – a role previously filled on Broadway by the likes of Bernadette Peters and Vanessa Williams.
“I am coming into an exciting time,” said Mr. Krane in a telephone interview from New York City. “My show, “The Road to Qatar,’ is being presented in London next month and then I am doing a revival of an old show, ‘Good News’ at the Goodspeed Opera House. And then the biggest news—they are doing a movie of the musical ‘Into the Woods.’ Disney is going to make the movie and I will do the arrangements. Meryl Streep will be the witch and it will be the first time I have worked with her since 1977 when we did ‘Happy End.’”
Mr. Krane remembers happily his association with the young Ms. Streep and looks forward to the new collaboration. Similarly, he is enthusiastic about working again with director and choreographer Rob Marshall, with whom he worked on the Oscar-winning film, “Chicago” and “Nine.”
Stephen Sondheim, the musical’s original composer and playwrite, responded to the rumors by stating that she’d be great in the role – and lo and behold, it looks like director Marshall agrees.
Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep filming together and singing. Who can resist? Not Disney any longer. It’s taken 16months to get off the ground — ever since January 2012, when the studio sent out a press release announcing Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine) would be directing Stephen Sondheim’s iconic 1987 Broadway musical “Into The Woods” as a feature film for Disney. A table read was held in NYC this past October featuring Donna Murphy, Megan Hilty, Christine Baranski, Allison Janney and quite a few other Broadway stars.
Buzz of Streep’s interest first surfaced last summer and this past week Marshall confirmed in an interview to Playbill that she was “in” to the play the witch. TodayVariety reported Depp’s interest.
Emily Blunt is re-teaming with her “The Devil wears Prada” co-star Meryl Streep in the big screen adaptation. The British actress is the latest star to join the cast of the movie musical, portraying The Baker’s Wife opposite Streep as The Witch. Blunt is already looking forward to reuniting with the screen icon, who played her nasty boss in the 2006 comedy, telling Vulture.com, “I can’t believe I’m playing in two movies with Meryl where she’s playing someone who’s horrible to me. I’m so excited.”
Jake Gyllenhaal was going to sing alongside Chris Pine, Meryl Streep, and Johnny Depp in Disney‘s Into the Woods, but now the dream is dead. Instead, he’s in talks for Everest, as are Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, and Jason Clarke — all established beard-growers.
So far the cast includes: Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Tracy Ullman and Christine Baranski. Anna Kendrick confirmed to join as Cinderella.