Book to film adaptions aren't immune from changes and neither are Broadway to movie adaptations!
So, when Disney took on the challenge of turning Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods into a film, obviously there were some outcries from BIG ITW stans!
There are some SPOILERS ahead…so, BEWARE!
One of the objections fans had was related to Rapunzel's death in the Broadway play.
The legendary writer had mentioned in a class full of high school drama teachers that Disney didn't want Rapunzel to die in the film adaptation and some compromises were made.
So, obviously passionate fans were up in arms over this revelation and Stephen had to explain and clarify the previous report.
His statement is as follows:
"An article in The New Yorker misreporting my "Master Class" conversation about censorship in our schools with seventeen teachers from the Academy for Teachers a couple of weeks ago has created some false impressions about my collaboration with the Disney Studio on the film version of Into the Woods. The fact is that James (Lapine, who wrote both the show and the movie) and I worked out every change from stage to screen with the producers and with Rob Marshall, the director. Despite what the New Yorker article may convey, the collaboration was genuinely collaborative and always productive.
When the conversation with the teachers occurred, I had not yet seen a full rough cut of the movie. Coincidentally, I saw it immediately after leaving the meeting and, having now seen it a couple of times, I can happily report that it is not only a faithful adaptation of the show, it is a first-rate movie.
And for those who care, as the teachers did, the Prince's dalliance is still in the movie, and so is Any Moment."
Well, there you have it folks!
Maybe we should all wait until it comes out in December to make judgments! It could be AH-Mazing for all we know!
[Image via Disney.]
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