Depp, Streep take off ‘Into the Woods’ & Star Wars: Episode VII
Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY 8:41 a.m. EDT September 17, 2013
Meryl as a witch, Johnny Depp as the big, bad wolf. “Into the Woods” begins its onscreen journey.
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Johnny Depp may soon head into the woods. According to Variety, the megastar is attached to the upcoming Disney adaptation of the popular Stephen Sondheim musical, “Into the Woods.” Depp would join Meryl Streep in the film, which Rob Marshall is set to direct.
Depp has worked with Marshall before; the pair made “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” together in 2011 and were attached to remake “The Thin Man” for Warner Bros. That film was put on ice last June, however, because Depp reportedly needed a breather. The actor appears with Armie Hammer in “The Lone Ranger” reboot in July.
For her part, Streep has been attached to “Into the Woods” for some time. Back in October of 2012, Broadway World reported that the three-time Oscar winner was set to play the Witch in the new film.
“Into the Woods” debuted on Broadway in 1987 with Bernadette Peters in the role of the Witch. The musical tells the story of a baker and his wife, both of whom head into the title forest in search of the witch that put a spell on them. As Variety notes, the pair’s journey leads them to confrontations with numerous famed fairy tale characters, including Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood.
Marshall has been planning an adaptation for a while: he held a reading of “Into the Woods” in October of last year, with Anna Kendrick and Patrick Wilson and other stars.
For more on “Into the Woods,” head over to Variety.
Disney’s ‘Into the Woods’ starts production with Meryl Streep
Rob Marshall helms the adaptation of Sondheim musical
By Josh Lasser Monday, Sep 16, 2013 1:00 PM
Disney has announced that production began last week on their upcoming musical, “Into the Woods,” which is based on the Tony-winning musical from James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim. The adaptation is being directed by Rob Marshall (“Chicago,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”) and will feature a new song from Sondheim and a screenplay from Lapine.
“Into the Woods” is a reimagined look at the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The musical takes several of the stories—including Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella—and ties them all together. The show has appeared on Broadway and London’s West End, with the original Broadway run going for 764 performances.
The all-star cast for the new film includes Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, MacKenzie Mauzy, and Billy Magnussen. Streep gets to take on the role of the Witch, a role played by Bernadette Peters in the original Broadway run and Vanessa Williams in the revival.
The new movie is slated to open Christmas Day 2014.
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‘Chicago’s’ Rob Marshall frontrunner to direct ‘Pirates 4’
Can Rob Marshall make the jump from musicals to fantasy adventure? We’re about to find out. The man who directed the Oscar-winning movie musical “Chicago” is reportedly circling directing chores for the fourth installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
Variety reports Marshall, who stumbled badly with his non-musical “Chicago” follow up “Memoirs of a Geisha,” hasn’t been officially confirmed, but thinks look good enough that Walt Disney Studios begin casting new characters in anticipation of a 2010 production start.
Gore Verbinski, who helmed the first three installments, bowed out of the fourth in April of this year, but was considered available again after his planned adaptation of the video game “Bioshock” fell apart. That, however, appears not to be the case.
Marshall is currently putting the finishing touches on his second movie musical, “Nine.” The awards season contender features an all star cast including Daniel Day -Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench and Sophia Loren which may have been key in his landing “Pirates 4.” That pedigree of talent may have won star Johnny Depp over in approving a filmmaker who has little action prowess to his credit.
More on this story as it develops over the coming weeks on HitFix.