New Sondheim INTO THE WOODS Song Cut from Final Version; Marshall Calls Streep's Voice 'Off the Charts'
In an interview published in Entertainment Weekly's 2014 Fall Movie Preview, INTO THE WOODS director Rob Marshall reveals that a previously reported new Sondheim-penned song for Meryl Streep's character 'The Witch' did not make the film's final cut.
"We've been incredibly faithful to the original," says the director before confirming that the the highly anticipated big screen adaptation of the stage musical will not add any new original songs.
Last November, Streep sat down with "Extra's" Jerry Penacoli and revealed the news that Sondheim had written an all-new song for her character. (Read the original story here!) "I have a new song that Sondheim wrote for me, so it's all very, very," said the actress, who went on to joke, "He gave me the manuscript of it and he wrote, 'don't f**k it up!'"
While the song has been cut from the film itself, there is no word yet if the new tune will still appear played over the film credits, which would indeed make it eligible for a Best New Song Oscar.
Despite the disappointing news, Marshall promises that Streep's singing chops will certainly NOT disappoint movie goers. "I don't think people will be remotely ready to hear her sing this material," he gushed over the Oscar winner's voice. "The power from her is off the charts."
He also guarantees die-hard 'Woods' fans that their favorite moments from the classic musical will be included in the new version. "It's all there," he promises.
Check out the trailer for INTO THE WOODS here!
"Into the Woods" is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.
Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical "Chicago" and Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," directs the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, "Wicked" producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, "Into the Woods" will be released in theaters Dec. 25, 2014.
Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, "Into the Woods" is a humorous and heartfelt musical that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.
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