Rob Marshall Discusses Into the Woods Film; What's Out, What's In

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15 Aug 2014

Meryl Streep in
Meryl Streep in "Into the Woods"
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In a recent interview with EW.com, director Rob Marshall discussed the Disney film adaptation of Into the Woods and what fans can expect when the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical hits the big screen.

As previously reported, a new song penned by Sondheim for Streep (as the Witch) has been cut from the screen adaptation.

A story broke in July in which Sondheim revealed several potential changes for the Disney film, including altering Rapunzel's death, removing the affair between Cinderella's Prince and the Baker's Wife as well as the possible removal of the song "Any Moment." Marshall addressed the report, saying, "All of those things are in the film. 'Any Moment' is in the film…Rapunzel’s end is still pretty dark, it’s just a different kind of dark, and it’s just as harrowing, and just as sad."

Marshall also reveals that "Ever After," the first act finale that ties all the fairytale threads together in a momentary happy ending, is only heard in an instrumental version in the film. The plot of the musical's second act has also been condensed for screen time.

In addition, the song "Rainbows," which was penned for an earlier screen treatment of Into the Woods and had been long thought to be part of the upcoming Disney version, is not part of Lapine's screenplay, according to Marshall. The film will introduce several character flashbacks, not seen in the stage version.



Regarding Streep's cut song from the film, Marshall characterized it as "beautiful and spectacular," but stated that the film was stronger without the added piece.