There will be no new musical material in the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, according to an interview that director Rob Marshall recently gave Entertainment Weekly. Marshall put an end both to rumors that a song created for a scrapped '90s film would be included, and to reports that a song Sondheim wrote specifically for this version would be featured.
Marshall explained to EW, "[The new song] was beautiful and spectacular, but it was very clear, as good as the song was, that [the movie] was stronger without."
The interview also addressed fans' concerns about "Disnification" of the beloved musical, saying, "I don't feel we've watered it down in any way, shape, or form. We've just made it a film. But I never thought in terms of 'the Disney' of it all, ever…Rapunzel's end is still pretty dark, it's just a different kind of dark, and it's just as harrowing, and just as sad."
The Into the Woods cast includes Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) as the Baker's Wife, James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors) as the Baker, Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) as Cinderella, Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Cinderella's Prince, Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean) as the Wolf, Daniel Huttlestone (Les Misérables film) as Jack, Lilla Crawford (Annie) as Little Red, Tracey Ullman (Corpse Bride) as Jack's Mother, Christine Baranski (Boeing-Boeing) as the Stepmother, MacKenzie Mauzy (Next to Normal) as Rapunzel, and Billy Magnussen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) as Rapunzel's Prince.
The film is scheduled to be released on December 25.