Update: Sondheim walked back some of the rumored changes in a clarification. We’ll see what the final version looks like this Xmas.
Disney has a movie version of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into The Woods” musical currently in production. It has a great list of names starring and on the crew. Included in the production are original composer Stephen Sondheim and the original writer James Lapine. So, when Sondheim mentions at a recent master class that the movie will be changing around some significant portions of the stage version for the movie musical, you have to believe that the film is in good hands.
According to a story in Broadway.com,
“‘You will find in the movie that Rapunzel does not get killed’ Sondheim revealed to the attendees, ‘and the Prince does not sleep with the Baker’s Wife.’ Additionally, the composer revealed that the number “Any Moment” has been ‘probably cut.’ He went on to say, ‘I won’t tell you what happens, but we wrote a new song to cover it.’ Sondheim also discussed Disney’s objections to the sexual nature of the Wolfe and Little Red Riding Hood’s story, suggesting that those scenes may be a bit more tame than on stage”
I don’t think anyone is surprised that Disney would request some of the less child friendly elements of the play be removed. If Sondheim and Lapine agreed to do the project, they must have known that too and are confident the movie will still retain the spirit of the original.
Disney’s Into the Woods is scheduled to hit theaters this Christmas.
Below the cut is a list of many of the big named actors from the stage and screen who will be in the film: