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Rob Marshall to Go Into the Woods as Part of New Deal With Disney

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Rob Marshall to Go <i>Into the Woods</i> as Part of New Deal With Disney

Riding high from the success of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, director Rob Marshall is reteaming with Disney for an adaptation of Into the Woods, the acclaimed Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. It’s part of a two-year, first-look deal between the studio and Marshall and his producing partner John DeLuca.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lapine has begun work on the script with the expectation that Sondheim will contribute new songs.

The Tony Award-winning musical intertwines several Brothers Grimm tales — Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack and the Beanstalk among them — with the story of a baker and his wife in attempts to begin a family, exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.

Marshall, whose On Stranger Tides grossed $1 billion worldwide, is no stranger to musical theater. A six-time Tony Award nominee, he’s a veteran stage director and choreographer of such shows as Kiss of the Spider Woman, Damn Yankees and Cabaret. He of course was also nominated for an Academy Award for best director for the 2002 adaptation of Chicago.

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