Stephen Sondheim may be beloved by the musical theatre cognoscenti, but he’s never been quite so popular in Hollywood. There have been adaptations such as Sweeney Todd, but generally his musicals have been a bit highbrow for mainstream film.
However now Chicago and Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshallis taking on Sondheim’s Into the Woods for Walt Disney Pictures, as part of a two-year deal with the studio, according to THR.
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Broadway musical incorporates several fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood into the story of a baker who attempts to start a family with his wife. James Lapine is currently writing the screenplay adaptation, which will feature new songs by Sondheim. It’s definitely one of the the composer’s more commercial and easily accessible works.
It isn’t clear yet if Into the Woods will be Rob Marshall’s next project. He also has The Thin Man in development, which has Johnny Depp attached to star. There is also the possibility he will return to direct Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
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