Though I’m sure that the musical is not the favourite genre of most of our readers, I’m rather interested in Into The Woods, which comes from the creator of Steven Sondheim the creator of the superb Sweeney Todd [which of course Tim Burton made into a fine movie], and is a reimagining of some of Grimm’s fairy tales [though not like Shrek, I don’t think]. Sondheim was reported a few days ago to be highly critical of Rob Marshall’s upcoming film version, saying the adult themes had been removed and one particular song had been removed to poor effect. However, he has now said that he was misquoted. In a statement, Sondheim said that he and writer James Lapine had:
“Worked out every change from stage to screen with the producers and with Rob Marshall. Despite what the New Yorker article may convey, the collaboration was genuinely collaborative and always productive. When the conversation with the teachers occurred, I had not yet seen a full rough cut of the movie. Coincidentally, I saw it immediately after leaving the meeting and, having now seen it a couple of times, I can happily report that it is not only a faithful adaptation of the show, it is a first-rate movie.”
Sondheim also confirmed that the apparently missing song, ‘Any Moment’, had not actually been removed from the film, as previously reported.
Into The Woods stars Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Anna Kendrick, and will be released at cinemas on Christmas Day.