Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, and Emily Blunt are all featured in the first featurette for Disney’s musical feature “Into the Woods.” I am so excited to see this on the big screen for the first time. Yes, I know it will be Disney-fied a bit. But all musicals undergo a transition from stage to screen. Plus I think it will expose a slightly younger audience to the great Stephen Sondheim’s work. What could be wrong with that.
Here’s the first featurette and it’s all about “The Story”:
“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on them.
Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directs the film, which is based on the Tony-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics.
“Into the Woods” will be released in theaters December 25, 2014.