Into the Woods new Sondheim song

Recently, we’ve had word that Disney’s adaptation of Into the Woods would differ from the original in a number of ways. Most of the changes didn’t sound too promising, but one we were actually looking forward to was a new song, penned by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine for the movie.

Well, it turns out that’s not happening anymore. In a new interview, Rob Marshall confirmed that the tune had been cut from the film. If it’s any consolation, though, Marshall also clarifies that reports of some of the other changes were exaggerated. Get the details after the jump.

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Into the Woods trailer

What happens when you combine the stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, add a few Oscar-winners, some Tony-winning music and sprinkle a little Disney on top? You get Rob Marshall‘s adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical, Into the Woods.

The film opens Christmas Day. Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp are among the cast in the original story of a baker and his wife who wish to have a family of their own. That wish is granted by an evil witch. To break her spell, all of the aforementioned fairy tales will become part of the story. The first Into the Woods trailer is now out and it’s a nice tease of what’s to come in a few months. Read More »

Into the Woods images

We’ve seen plenty of live-action fairy tales hit the big screen in recent years, but most of those movies are content to include tell just one story. Rob Marshall‘s upcoming musical Into the Woods mashes them all together.

The first Into the Woods images show James Corden and Emily Blunt as a baker and his wife who want to start a family. But in order to do so, they must first confront the witch (Meryl Streep) who put a curse on them.

Along the way, they come across a whole bunch of other familiar characters including Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), her prince (Chris Pine), the Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp), and more. Check out the new Into the Woods images after the jump.

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Into the Woods Movie

In the mid-’80s Stephen Sondheim wrote Into the Woods, a musical that became immensely popular in part because it weaved together things that are familiar to everyone: fairy tales, sex, and death. There’s infidelity in the production, and some strange licentiousness, and at least one very familiar figure doesn’t make it out alive. Its a story about people making choices that aren’t always great. Not like it’s all right there on the surface, and on the stage, but it’s nearly impossible to miss the metaphor for sexual awakening in the first encounter between Little Red Ridinghood and the Big Bad Wolf.

Now Into the Woods is becoming a Disney movie, from director Rob Marshall, with actors such as Meryl Streep (above) and Johnny Depp in the cast. So what happens when Disney makes a movie adaptation of Into the Woods? If you guessed “sanitization,” you guessed right. Read More »

Into the Woods logo

Of all the Disney live-action fairy tale adaptations due out in the next several years, Rob Marshall‘s Into the Woods may be the biggest. The kitchen-sink musical features some of the most iconic characters of all time, from Cinderella to the Big Bad Wolf, and has huge, stellar cast to match.

The first still from the movie features arguably its starriest star of all, Meryl Streep. The normally lovely actress has clearly undergone several hours of makeup and an attitude adjustment for her role as the witch whose actions set the plot in motion, and it’s almost tough to recognize her here. Check out the image after the jump.

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Into the Woods logo

When most people think of Walt Disney films, they think of two genres: the animated musical and the live-action family film. Beauty and the Beast or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Snow White or Swiss Family Robinson. What’s slightly more rare of late is a blend of the two, the live-action musical, as we’ve seen in films like Mary Poppins, Newsies, Enchanted or The Muppets. These come out much less frequently.

Next year, however, Disney will be releasing two live-action musicals: Muppets Most Wanted and one that’s likely to be their most elaborate and star-studded live action musical to date, Into The Woods.

Directed by Rob Marshall and based on the Tony Award-winning broadway show with music by Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods just began production aimed at a Christmas 2014 release. Below, read the full press release including the list of confirmed cast members, such as Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski and Tracy Ullman. Read More »

D23 Expo

At Saturday’s live-action film presentation at D23 Expo, Walt Disney Pictures revealed the official logos for a handful of their upcoming films: Maleficent, Muppets Most Wanted, Into The Woods, Cinderella, Tomorrowland AND MORE. Check them out now after the jump.

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Anna Kendrick

Disney’s just about cast a second Cinderella for their upcoming slate of live-action films. Downton Abbey‘s Lily James is playing the would-be princess in Kenneth Branagh’s film and now Pitch Perfect‘s Anna Kendrick is in talks to play the role in Rob Marshall‘s Into The Woods.

Marshall’s film, set for release Christmas 2014, is based on a Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. Several classic fairy-tales are mashed up to tell the story of a family attempting to find a witch and break a curse.

Kendrick joins an already incredible cast that includes Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Tracy Ullman and Christine Baranski. [Variety]

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