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.