The musical theater lover inside us is doing a giddy little happy dance!
Rob Marshall is no stranger to working with the House of Mouse. This is the guy behind the last chapter of Pirates of The Caribbean and their version of Annie. But now, things are about to get a whole lot more interesting for Rob as he has signed a two year contract with the company that not only lines him up to possibly direct the next Pirates venture, but also has led to a pretty incredible announcement.
Rob's first project under this new contract will be to direct a film adaptation of Into the Woods, the classic Stephen Sondheim musical about the real stories behind some famous fairytale characters. Rob reveals that the idea to make the Broadway fave into a film came to him while he was still working on Pirates. It instantly rang James Lapine, Sondheim's partner, to throw the idea around. Rob explains that bringing the project to Disney was spawned after James was concerned the project would just stay in "development for another 10 years." Such was not the case with Disney, as Rob explains:
“They were classy, classy, classy and incredibly generous to us."
Don't hear directors say that about a studio too often, do ya!
Oh! Can you even imagine! This is one of the shows that was really meant to get made into a movie, you know? We can just see the lavishness of if all already.
And casting! OMG! Think of the talent they could get for this! Hell, Bernadette Peters is in her prime! Watching her reprise her role as The Witch … AMAZEBALLS!
Children, are you listening? Make this happen as quick as possible, please!!!
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