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Steven Spielberg's new film starring Meryl Streep
and Tom Hanks hits US theaters on December 22 2017.
  April 27th, 2013       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Here’s an update on “Into the Woods” courtesy Deadline: Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep filming together and singing. Who can resist? Not Disney any longer. It’s taken 16 months to get off the ground – ever since January 2012, when the studio sent out a press release announcing Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine) would be directing Stephen Sondheim’s iconic 1987 Broadway musical Into The Woods as a feature film for Disney. A table read was held in NYC this past October featuring Donna Murphy, Megan Hilty, Christine Baranski, Allison Janney and quite a few other Broadway stars. Buzz of Streep’s interest first surfaced last summer and this past week Marshall confirmed in an interview to Playbill that she was “in” to the play the witch. Today Variety reported Depp’s interest. Now I’ve confirmed that Johnny and Meryl “almost have their deals wrapped up for the film,” according to sources. Marshall directed 2011’s Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 (which might have been more palatable as a musical because it stunk as the franchise’s fourquel) so he’s already Mouse friendly. The original musical with music and lyrics by Sondheim and book by James Lapine is about a childless baker and his wife who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch that put the spell on them. Along the way, they encounter classic fairy tale characters. Thanks to Glenn for the heads-up.

  • Heather Burdett

    I think that “The Homesman” will probably be released in 2014 rather than 2013 as it is only just in the course of filming. I am happy to settle for one film every year because we can then focus on that when the awards season comes around and keeps Meryl fresh in everyone’s mind. I just hope she goes on for ever as she is absolutely amazing and never lets us down.

  • Jane

    Can’t wait to see this movie!
    Why does movie making always have to take so long? I hope that at least The Homesman will be in theatres next year, then it’s one movie a year… Anyway, for now I’m looking forward to AOC, very excited for that one!

  • Mary

    VERY exciting news…Streep and Depp in the same movie. Very much looking forward to this movie. I think I read it won’t be in theaters until summer 2015 though. Long wait but will be awesome. So far no movies for Streep coming out in 2014? How sad!