Rob Marshall has already made a splash with Disney when he directed “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” Now, Marshall is going to help Disney again by developing the stage musical “Into the Woods” for the screen.
Marshall, along with John DeLuca, will produce the Stephen Sondheim musical through their production company LUCAMAR Productions. James Lapine, who wrote the musical with Sondheim, will adapt the story.
The film is part of a new multi-year producing deal between Disney and LUCAMAR.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine on this extraordinary and inspiring work,” said Marshall and DeLuca. “We are greatly looking forward to continuing our creative and rewarding relationship with Rich Ross, Sean Bailey and the ever supportive team at Disney.”
Studio Chairman Rich Ross and President of Production Sean Bailey said in a statement,“Rob Marshall brought his signature flair to ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ with tremendous results and he is the perfect person to bring ‘Into the Woods’ to the screen. We’ve loved working with Rob, and this is a great start to our collaboration with LUCAMAR.”
“Into the Woods” tells the stories of several fairy tale characters wanting to have the lives they have always wanted:
“‘Into the Woods’ weaves together the story of several of the most beloved fairytales (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel) into the original story of a Baker and his wife who try to reverse a curse on their family in order to have a child, exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests and their desire for ‘happily ever after.’ With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book and direction by James Lapine, ‘Into the Woods’ earned 10 nominations at the 1988 Tony Awards, winning three including best score and best book of a musical. The 2002 Broadway revival won a Tony for best revival of a musical.”