First rumored more than a year ago, Rob Marshall’s film version of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway hit Into the Woods is signing the kind of names that show Disney is committed to doing this 1987 classic justice. In late April deals were said to be closee to secure Meryl Streep as the Witch, Johnny Depp as the Baker and James Corden as the Wolf. Allison Janney is also confirmed. Today it’s being reported that Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal ar set to join the cast as the two princely brothers. James Lapine, director of the 2002 revival, has written the screenplay.
Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986, and premiered on Broadway in 1987. Bernadette Peters’ performance as the Witch and Joanna Gleason’s portrayal of the Baker’s Wife brought acclaim to the production during its original Broadway run. Into the Woods won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason), in a year dominated by The Phantom of the Opera.
The musical has been produced many times, with a 1988 US national tour, a 1990 West End production, a 1991 television production, a 1997 tenth anniversary concert, a 2002 Broadway revival, a 2010 London revival and in 2012 as part of New York City’s outdoor Shakespeare in the Park series. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, “Rapunzel”, and “Cinderella”, as well as several others. The musical is tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, and their interaction with a Witch and her curse on them. (wiki)