Walt Disney is once again turning to the Brothers Grimm for theatrical inspiration.
The studio that brought the classic Grimm's fairy tale "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" to the big screen in 1937, said it began production last week on "Into the Woods," a film adaptation of the award-winning musical that is a modern take on the popular Grimm stories.
The movie, set for release on Dec. 25, 2014, will shoot in studio and on location throughout England, Disney said in a statement. "Into the Woods" is the latest coup for the U.K., which has drawn a string of high-profile Hollywood movies in recent years, including
Rob Marshall, the filmmaker behind the musical "Chicago" and Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," is directing the movie.
"Into the Woods" is based on the Tony-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also wrote the screenplay, and renowned composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyric — including a new song for the movie.
The story follows the classic tales of
The ensemble cast includes
“Into the Woods” premiered on Broadway on Nov. 5, 1987, at the Martin Beck Theatre. The production, which ran for 764 performances, won
The musical has been produced around the world, including a 1988 U.S. tour, a 1990 West End production, and Broadway and London revivals, in addition to a television production, DVD recording and a 10-year-anniversary concert.