Sondheim’s Into The Woods Gets Movie Deal, New York Revival

Out Chicago director Rob Marshall is in line to direct a long-awaited cinematic version of Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim’s Tony-winning musical about famous fairy-tale figures.

The Hollywood Reporter reports James Lapine, who wrote Wood‘s original book, is working on the screenplay and that Sondheim has penned new songs for the film.

No cast announcements have been made but previous readings of the film have featured Martin Short, Julia Louis-Dreyfus , Neil Patrick Harris, Elijah Wood, Robin Williams and Cher. May we recommend Lady Gaga for Cinderella? (She’s already got the perfect shoes.)

In other Into the Woods news, the musical may very well be staged this summer in New York City at Shakespeare in the Park in Central Park. Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel, who co-directed an outdoor production of Woods in 2010, are in productions with the Public Theater to stage a production at the Delacorte Theater that would incorporate elements of their earlier run.

Ooh, we’re so gonna be there.

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  • Dylan

    I hope it’s not all new songs, I really love the old ones. It’d be a shame to see them cut from the film.

  • fujimaster

    That’s be awesome!!! Please CHER do it, you’d be perfect!!!

  • MikeE

    it’s already a pretty long show.
    Sondheim has said he’d write a few new songs for the film if it happens.
    I have NO idea where he’s going to fit them in.
    Although I suspect that they will be cutting some of the repetitious “Midnight” music…

  • MikeE

    oh my!
    I just got an idea!
    They could get Taylor Lautner to play the big bad wolf…
    and Chris Colfer to play a prince.. er.. princess… err… prince… err… queen…

  • Trent

    “Into the Woods” is the first live theatre performance I ever saw and I’ve been in love ever since. I cannot wait for this!!!

  • Atlas

    Awesome. Woods is one of the few musicals I actually like. (One of the others happens to be Chicago.)

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