Rob Marshall To Direct Movie Adaption Of ‘Into The Woods’ Musical

Posted Thursday, January 12th, 2012 11:00 am GMT -4 by

Despite some harsh reviews, it seems that Disney enjoyed ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ enough to give director Rob Marshall another shot at one of their movies. Disney announced yesterday that they would be adapting Steven Sondheim’s Broadway musical ‘Into the Woods’ for the big screen with Marshall at the helm.

This is the first I’ve ever heard of ‘Into the Woods’ but even someone like me who isn’t normally into musicals knowns the name Steven Sondheim from things like ‘Sweeny Todd’. ‘Into the Woods’ seems to be cashing in on the recent fairy tale trend in entertainment and joining the likes of ‘Grimm’, ‘Once Upon a Time’, and ‘Jack the Giant Killer’. The story of ‘Into the Woods’ combines characters from ‘Cindrella’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, and ‘Rapunzel’, among others, and wrap them altogether into a larger story.

Official Press Release:

We are thrilled to be collaborating with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine on this extraordinary and inspiring work. We are greatly looking forward to continuing our creative and rewarding relationship with Rich Ross, Sean Bailey and the ever supportive team at Disney.

Rob Marshall brought his signature flair to ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ with tremendous results and he is the perfect person to bring ‘Into the Woods’ to the screen,” Studio Chairman Rich Ross and President of Production Sean Bailey said in a statement. “We’ve loved working with Rob, and this is a great start to our collaboration with LUCAMAR.

Rob Marshall most recently directed Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” which earned over $1 billion at the global box office and is the #8 highest grossing film of all time, the #3 film of 2011, and Disney’s biggest overseas release ever. It was the first “Pirates” film to be shot in 3D and the first major production at any studio to be shot in 3D on location. Marshall’s critically acclaimed stage musical adaptation “Chicago” (2002) grossed over $300 million worldwide and was nominated for 13 Academy Awards, winning six including best picture, with Marshall earning a nomination for best director. It also won the Golden Globe for best comedy/musical. His other feature films include “Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005), winner of three Academy Awards, and “Nine” (2009), which was nominated for four Academy Awards and five Golden Globes. Marshall is a four-time Emmy Award winner and a six-time Tony Award nominee, including choreographing and co-directing the 1998 Broadway revival of “Cabaret.”

“Into the Woods” weaves together the story of several of the most beloved fairytales (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel) into the original story of a Baker and his wife who try to reverse a curse on their family in order to have a child, exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests and their desire for “happily ever after.” With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book and direction by James Lapine, “Into the Woods” earned 10 nominations at the 1988 Tony Awards, winning three including best score and best book of a musical. The 2002 Broadway revival won a Tony for best revival of a musical.

Sondheim and Lapine’s other collaborations include 1984’s Tony-winning “Sunday in the Park With George,” which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and 1994’s “Passion,” winner of four Tonys including best musical. Sondheim has won eight Tony Awards, more than any other composer, as well as several Grammy Awards and an Academy Award, while Lapine has earned seven Tony nominations for direction and is a three-time winner (out of four nominations) for best book of a musical.

LUCAMAR most recently produced the film adaptation of the Broadway musical “Nine,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, and Marion Cotillard, which was nominated for four Academy Awards and five Golden Globes. LUCAMAR also produced the star-studded, NBC television event “Tony Bennett: An American Classic,” which won seven Emmy Awards, the most of any nominated show that season. The company is headed by co-presidents Rob Marshall and John DeLuca, with Michael Zimmer serving as director of development.

Marshall and DeLuca are represented by Kevin Huvane and Brian Siberell at CAA and Michael Gendler of Gendler & Kelly.

As a fan of fairy tales, this might be one of those rare musicals that can sway me into the theater. Stay tuned for more details on ‘Into the Woods’ as we get them.

  • Peter Gunn

    Um, the Into the Woods film might be cashing in on that trend, but the musical came out in 1987.

    • http://www.hydeandgeek.com Scott

      Point taken and noted. I know the musical is over two decades old. I was referring to Disney dipping into the fairy tale trend with the movie adaptation.

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE Into the Woods!  Though I don’t know who they could ever cast as the Witch that could compete with Bernadette Peters!