Rob Marshall Now Set to Helm 'Into the Woods' Adaptation for Disney

January 10, 2012
Source: THR

Into the Woods

After being at the helm of the franchise sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, director Rob Marshall is reteaming with Disney again for an adaptation of the 1980's Broadway musical Into the Woods from Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. The new project comes at the same time that the director and his producing partner John DeLuca, by way of their LUCAMAR production banner, have signed a two-year first-look deal with Disney as well. However, Marshall is still working on getting the adaptation of The Thin Man with Johnny Depp going, and it's not clear what will actually end up being his next film.

The project is a no-brainer for Disney as THR says include several familiar fairytale characters like Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood in the story of a baker who attempts to start a family with his wife. Sondheim is expected to write some new songs for the film, and Lapine is already busy on the script. The film will mark a return to form for Marshall who got plenty of acclaim for his work on the big screen musical adaptations of Chicago and Nine (though the former is more impressive than the latter).

Marshall previously worked with Sondheim as a choreographer on his musicals A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Company, and apparently he also came close to directing Sweeney Todd before Tim Burton took on the musical instead. Frankly, this sounds like exactly the kind of project Disney and Marshall should have made as opposed to the epic disappointment that was On Stranger Tides.

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  • I saw the play @ a school....  it was interesting.. Disney shouldnt do it..  They will take out many of the major themes such as the wolf being a child molester, and how the burtally killings
  • Emma
    Done well, Into the Woods could be a great and highly entertaining movie.  I'm not sure I understand why they're adding new songs, though, the ones already in the show are fantastic.
    Any word on the AFRICAN SAFARI ride movie is going? Or was that squelched?
  • GoBLUEinGA
    Careful the things you say, children will listen. Careful the things you do, children will see. And learn. Children may not obey, but children will listen. Children will look to you for which way to turn, to learn what to be. Careful before you say, "Listen to me." Children will listen. 




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