Cue the "two-three kick-turn, turn-turn kick-turn": director Rob Marshall (2002 Best Picture winner Chicago, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), made waves in the musical theater community today after the Hollywood Reporter announced he will direct a big-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. Marshall and his producing partner have signed a two-year deal with Disney that will include a film adaptation of the musical, a parody of familiar fairy tales that explores (as Angela Lansbury helpfully tells us in the clip from the Tony Awards, above) what really happens after "happily ever after."
Although this isn't really news to anyone who didn't grow up listening to the original cast album of Sweeney Todd every night and kissing an autographed headshot of Bernadette Peters every night before bed, it is a huge deal to fans of the movie musical, a genre that Marshall has mastered. While his 2009 adaptation of Tony Award-winning musical Nine (a musical adaptation of Fellini's 8 1/2) garnered lukewarm reviews, Chicago, his directorial film debut, won Best Picture in 2002, and it's often credited with reviving the general public's interest in movie musicals (which, in turn, revived the general public's interest in musicals, which in turn allowed Lea Michele to annoy the shit out of us on TV every week, so I guess it might not have been such a great thing after all).
At the time of this writing, there is no cast attached to Marshall's Into the Woods, which means that Sondheim-sucking theater geeks on the Internet have their work cut out for him in terms of selecting a dream cast. Amanda Seyfried as Cinderella? The Biebs as Jack? Amy Adams as the witch? The anticipation is killing us, Marshall. For the sake of our lack of real lives, just puke up a script and schedule some meetings and get it done.