Johnny Depp & Meryl Streep Head 'Into the Woods' for Disney Musical
In 2007, Johnny Depp stretched his musical muscles in the title role for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and the next year Meryl Streep showed off her pipes in Mamma Mia. Now the two will both head back into the musical genre together for Disney's an adaptation of the 1980's Broadway musical Into the Woods from Stephen Sondheim, adapted for the screen by James Lapine from his own book. Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall boarded the project back in early 2012, and his Chicago and Nine collaborator David Krane is working on the music. More below!
The story is perfect for Disney with all the fairytale characters that show up. In the musical, a childless baker (Depp) and his wife attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch (Streep) who cast the spell keeping them from having children. Along the way, they meet characters like Rapunzel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and more in the woods. Variety says there's no production start date set, but it sounds like Depp would shoot this sometime in early 2014 after he's already done with Transcendence for Wally Pfister and Black Mass for Barry Levinson. Sound good?