Two titans of Tinseltown could be heading Into The Woods with Oscar-winning director Rob Marshall. Both Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep are in talks to join Disney’s film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim‘s Tony Award winning musical about a baker, his family, and a witch who places a curse on them. From there the characters take a trip through several classic fairy tales like Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood. Think something on the scale of Les Miserables, but with a story like Once Upon A Time.
Streep is in talks to play the witch and Depp’s role is still a mystery, but it would likely be the baker or the narrator. Filming could start in early 2014, which raises some serious questions about the status of Pirates of the Caribbean 5. We’ll discuss below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
Rob Marshall made his feature filmmaking debut in 2002 with the Broadway adaptation Chicago, and earned a Best Picture Oscar and a Best Director nomination for his trouble. However, his second big-screen musical, 2009′s Nine, didn’t fare quite as well, receiving mixed reviews and tanking at the box office. So here’s hoping his next attempt at a movie musical, an adaptation of Into the Woods for Disney, turns out more like the former than the latter. The new film is one of two Marshall is considering for his next feature, the other being Warner Bros.’ The Thin Man remake with Johnny Depp.
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine‘s Broadway classic seems to fall in with the current fairy tale craze, weaving together several Grimm Brothers fairy tales including Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel to tell the story of a baker and a wife who want to start a family. More details after the jump.
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Hollywood use to make a lot more big screen adaptations on live stage plays. These days, it seems that most stage plays are adaptations of Hollywood films. This type of closed circle leads to big screen adaptations of board games and action figures.
Hairspray, 9 to 5, The Wedding Singer, Billy Elliot, Grey Gardens, The Adams Family, The Lion King, The Full Monty, Legally Blonde the Musical, High Fidelity, Shrek the Musical, Catch Me If You Can, The Producers, A Little Night Music, Sunset Boulevard, Urban Cowboy, Saturday Night Fever, Footloose, Cry-Baby, Fame, A Catered Affair, Dirty Dancing, Mary Poppins,
… and now… Little Miss Sunshine?
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