Into the Woods is a modern twist of some of the most famous fairy tales to ever exist. Famous characters include Cinderella, Jack, and Rapunzel. They are all tied together, in an original story, involving a baker and his wife who are desperately wishing to have a child. Each of the characters are also united by one common thing – they are all wishing for something.
Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) sings of her wish to attend a festival held by the king. Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) wishes his cow would produce milk. The baker and his wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt, respectively) desperately wish for a child. The baker and his wife soon learn that they’ve been cursed to be childless by the Witch (Meryl Streep). Upon learning this, they must travel to find several objects, which will break the spell. The film is tied together by the couple’s journey and their interactions with the Witch and some of literature’s most famous fairy tale characters. The film also stars Chris Pine (Cinderella’s Prince), Johnny Depp (The Wolf), and Tracey Ullman (Jack’s Mother).
Directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago), the film will bring the story to life, and from stage to film. Into the Woods has an award winning, and quite stellar, team working behind the scenes, which will surely give the film an extra boost. The team includes Oscar winner Dion Beebe as director of photography. Dessis Gassner (Oscar winner for Bugsy) helmed production design and three time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood has designed the costumes.
One bonus that the film has is that Stephen Sondheim directly worked on it. He revealed earlier this year that Disney decided to make some major changes to the film, thus changing some pretty major plot points. This caused quite a controversy, however, we’ll leave that to another article.
Opening on December 25th, 2014, Into the Woods has theatre fans biting their nails (like me) and film fans wondering what to expect. Now, you’d best catch up on your fairy tales, because you most certainly won’t be looking at them the same way again.