Into The Woods


(established 2013; last updated 6/26/15)


This page is dedicated to the film production of Into The Woods, featuring Johnny Depp as The Wolf.
Into The Woods was released on December 25, 2014!

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For Your Consideration


General Information:

     Stephen Sondheim wrote the words and music to his musical stage production Into The Woods, with the book by James Lapine.  The show debuted at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 1986 and on Broadway in 1987.  The Original Broadway Cast featured Bernadette Peters as the Witch and Joanna Gleason as the Baker's Wife.  The synopsis according to Playbill is as follows:  A childless baker and his wife endeavor to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, where they encounter Rapunzel (and her witchly "mother"), Cinderella, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters, and they all must learn the responsibility that comes with getting what you want.

     In January of 2012, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Rob Marshall would be teaming with Disney to direct a film production of the show, with Lapine writing the script.  Later that year, Meryl Streep was reported to be in talks to play the Witch.  It wasn't until April of 2013 that Johnny's involvement was first reported. Variety initially reported that Johnny would play the Baker, while The Hollywood Reporter said that he'd play the Wolf; the latter report proved correct.  James Corden then joined the cast as the Baker.

    In June of 2013, while promoting The Lone Ranger, Johnny briefly spoke to E! about his upcoming role:  "I am, yeah, I'm going to play the Big Bad Wolf.  I'm so excited to play the Big Bad Wolf, you know.  It's just, I mean it's... that kind of thing is sort of a dream come true. The only deal is, once again it's Sondheim, who's amazing, but when you're not a crack vocalist, I'd say... it's quite complicated stuff that he writes.  But I'm looking forward to it."

   As of June/July 2013, most of the cast had been announced.  Jake Gyllenhaal had originally been cast as one of the Princes, according to Hollywood Reporter and Indie Wire, but he exited the film on July 17, according to The Wrap.  Sophia Grace Brownlee was also originally reported to play Little Red Riding Hood (see a August 7, 2013 Daily Mail article) but was not in the final cast that was announced in the film's official Press Release.  Other casting news was as follows:
  • Meryl Streep: Witch (October 3, 2012 Filmofilia article and January 31, 2013 Broadway World confirmation)
  • Johnny Depp: Wolf (April 26, 2013 Variety and The Hollywood Reporter articles)
  • James Corden: Baker (May 2, 2013 Broadway World article and May 4, 2013 Showbiz411 article)
  • Chris Pine: Cinderella's Prince (May 14-15, 2013 Hollywood Reporter and Indie Wire articles)
  • Emily Blunt: Baker's Wife (May 16, 2013 Variety article)
  • Christine Baranski: Cinderella's Stepmother (May 16, 2013 The Wrap article)
  • Tracey Ullman: Jack's Mother (June 12, 2013 The Hollywood Reporter article)
  • Daniel Huttlestone: Jack (June 21, 2013 Deadline New York article)
  • Anna Kendrick: Cinderella (June 21, 2013 The Hollywood Reporter article)
  • Mackenzie Maury: Rapunzel (implied in July 17, 2013 The Wrap article
  • Billy Magnussen: Rapunzel's Prince (July 22, 2013 Deadline Hollywood article)
  • Tammy Blanchard: Florinda (July 23, 2013 Deadline Hollywood article)
  • Lucy Punch: Lucinda (implied in July 23, 2013 Deadline Hollywood article)
  • Lilla Crawford: Little Red Riding Hood, (September 16, 2013 Broadway World article)
  • The remaining cast announced in the September 16, 2013 Press Release reported by Collider and other sources:
    • Richard Glover: the Princes’ Royal Steward, Frances de la Tour: the Giant, Simon Russell Beale: Baker’s Father, Joanna Riding: Cinderella’s Mother, and Annette Crosbie: Granny
     The Press Release also reported that Stephen Sondheim would write a new song for the film.  Here is a Disney Casting Call for the film.  On August 10, 2013, Sean Bailey presented Into The Woods during Disney's 2013 D23 Expo.  On August 4, 2013, Daniel Huttlestone reported via Facebook that he was starting the film the following day; on August 5, he confirmed that he was rehearsing singing.  Corden also posted a photo of a sign with his character's name, "Baker", on Twitter, with the words, "First day!"  Anna Kendrick also tweeted that she was working on the film.  On September 11, James Corden tweeted, "First day of shooting on Into The Woods today! Feel incredibly lucky to be part of it! Here we go...!"  On the 13th, he tweeted that the first week of filming was done.  Filming took place at Shepperton Studios and around the UK.  Several sources including Corden and hair/makeup artist Flora Moody tweeted that filming was wrapped on November 27, 2013.  Much of the cast was seen in still photos and raw footage of some of the filming.  No photos of Johnny as The Wolf surfaced during filming, but actress Suanne Braun posted on her Facebook page that she ran into Johnny, in costume, at Shepperton Studios on October 11.

     In June of 2014, a story in The New Yorker via Playbill divulged that there would be several plot changes in the film, compared to the show.  Sondheim was willing to replot the story with screenwriter James Lapine, and at least one new song was written to cover the changes.  Sondheim was disappointed but pragmatic about this, explaining to high school theatre teachers, "But you have to explain to them that censorship is part of our puritanical ethics, and it's something that they're going to have to deal with. There has to be a point at which you don't compromise anymore, but that may mean that you won't get anyone to sell your painting or perform your musical. You have to deal with reality."  In a follow-up story in Playbill, Sondheim made assurances that he, Lapine, director Rob Marshall, and the film's producers worked together in a manner that was "genuinely collaborative and always productive."  He also said that he'd seen a rough cut of the film, and "I can happily report that it is not only a faithful adaptation of the show, it is a first-rate movie."  He also cited a few plot points that would not be removed or censored for the film.

     During July, there had been rumors that "a month of reshoots" were taking place, signifying the possibility of even more changes.  A subsequent article in Entertainment Weekly in August clarified that there were 3 days of shoots of new material involving character flashbacks that had previously been cut from the film and were being re-added.  He further confirmed that a new song that Sondheim had written for Meryl Streep's character was cut from the final version of the film, and again offered more reassurances that many of the darker elements of the story would still be intact.

     On July 30, 2014, a Movieweb.com interview with director Rob Marshall was published.  Here are a few of Marshall's comments:
  • "Everybody worked really well together. Of course it helps when Meryl Streep and Johnny have already memorized their lines at the first rehearsal. It set the tone."
  • "Johnny loved the idea of playing the Big Bad Wolf. He had such fun with it. He becomes the Wolf. His song is THE SONG."
  • 'There wasn't a person in our movie who didn't sing live. It should all feel live. You should not know the difference." [Note: this sounds like the method that was used for the filming of Sweeney Todd, in that although the singing voices were pre-recorded, the actors sang live during filming so that they would look like they were really singing.  The singing was not recorded live during filming, as was the case with Les Miz.
      Johnny himself commented on the character in an October issue of Entertainment Weekly:  "Rob Marshall wasn't afraid to let me take the role to a level of heightened reality, almost cartoon-like, where one second the Wolf is here, and then, boom, suddenly he's over there.''  

      A set of official stills was released by Disney on July 30, and we got our first glimpse, kinda sorta, of Johnny as The Wolf.  His face was hidden, but we got to see a very wolflike manicure, and a very cool jacket and hat.  We finally got our first full look at the character on October 22, with a cover and still provided by Entertainment Weekly.  On October 23, a behind the scenes featurette was released that shows several more glimpses of Johnny in action.  The first teaser trailer was released on July 31 and was attached to several films released on August 1, including Guardians Of The Galaxy, Calvary, and Get On Up.  The first poster, featuring Meryl Streep as The Witch, was revealed on September 16.  On November 5, a set of character posters that featured motion (such as moving water in the background) were revealed on Moviefone, and the following day, the final trailer was released.  On October 10, Playbill announced that the soundtrack will be released on December 16, 2014; the release date was subsequently moved up to December 15.  Into The Woods had its World Premiere in New York City on December 8, 2014.

     The film was released in the US in 2,440 theaters on Christmas Day, 2014, earning $15.1 million on its first day.  By the end of the first weekend, the domestic box office total was $46.1 million, already putting it into 67th place for the year 2014 (finishing in 23th place).  It also debuted in 21st place on Box Office Mojo's musicals 1974 to present list (finishing in 5th place).  By the end of 2014, it had made $64.1 million.  On January 1, the film expanded slightly to 2,538 theaters, and it expanded again in its third week to 2,833 before beginning to decline in the 4th week.  The film closed its run after 16 weeks on April 16, 2015, with a final domestic box office total of $128 million and a worldwide total of $213 million.

     Into The Woods was released on video on March 24.  It was released as a 1 disc Blu-Ray or a 1 disc DVD.  Extras include:
  • Blu-Ray: an original song, She'll Be Back, sung by Meryl Streep but not used for the movie, "There’s Something About The Woods", "The Cast As Good As Gold," "Deeper Into The Woods" (4 segments including From Stage To Screen, Magic of the Woods, Designing the Woods, The Costumes of the Woods), Filmmaker Commentary with Rob Marshall and John DeLuca, Music & Lyrics, and "5 Golden Eggs" (Easter Eggs), and a Digital HD Copy
  • DVD: "Deeper Into The Woods": Magic of the Woods
     The DVD made $6 million and the Blu-Ray $4.6 million in sales in the first week of release, resulting in second place finishes on both charts.  Its combined sales total is $21.3 million.
   


Awards and Honors
 

Major Awards and Nominations
  • Golden Globes (Hollywood Foreign Press Association):  Awards were presented on January 11, 2015. No wins.
    • Nominated:  Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
    • Nominated:  Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (Emily Blunt)
    • Nominated:  Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Meryl Streep)
  • Critics Choice Awards:  Awards were presented on January 15, 2015. No wins.
    • Nominated:  Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep)
    • Nominated:  Best Acting Ensemble
    • Nominated:  Best Art Direction (Dennis Gassner/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator)
    • Nominated:  Best Costume Design (Colleen Atwood)
    • Nominated:  Best Hair & Makeup  
  • Screen Actors Guild:  Awards were presented on January 25, 2015. No wins.
    • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Meryl Streep)
  • British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA):  Awards were presented on February 8, 2015. No wins.
    • Nominated:  Costume Design (Colleen Atwood)
    • Nominated:  Make Up and Hair (Peter Swords King, J. Roy Helland)
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars):  Awards were presented on February 22, 2015. No wins.
    • Nominated:  Actress in a Supporting Role (Meryl Streep)
    • Nominated:  Costume Design (Colleen Atwood)
    • Nominated:  Production Design (Dennis Gassner (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration))
Other Awards, Nominations, and Honors
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival:  WINNER: Creative Impact in Directing Award (Rob Marshall).  "Director Rob Marshall has managed to translate one of the most complicated and beloved musicals of our time to the big screen with the recent Into the Woods and showcases and continuing creative vitality and artistic risk-taking in all of his work."
  • Satellite Awards:  WINNER: Best Ensemble (Special Achievement Award, announced during nominations);  Nominated: Costume Design (Colleen Atwood); Nominated: Sound Editing and Mixing (Blake Leyh, John Casali, Michael Keller, Michael Prestwoood Smith, Renee Tondelli); Nominated: Visual Effects (Christian Irles, Matt Johnson, Stefano Pepin)
  • The Film Art (TFA) Movie Awards:  Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Meryl Streep); Nominated: Best Achievement in Production Design; Nominated: Best Achievement in Costume Design; Nominated: Best Achievement in Makeup; Nominated: Best Achievement in Sound Mixing of Dialog Music & Effects
Critics groups:
Guilds:
Miscellaneous:
  • Awards Circuit Community Awards:  Runner Up: Best Costume Design (Colleen Atwood); Nominated: Best Production Design (Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock); Nominated: Best Makeup & Hairstyling
  • Gold Derby Film Awards:  Nominated: Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep); Nominated: Best Ensemble (Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Lilla Crawford, Johnny Depp, Daniel Huttlestone, Anna Kendrick, Billy Magnussen, Mackenzie Mauzy, Chris Pine, Lucy Punch, Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman);  Nominated: Best Costume Design (Colleen Atwood);  Nominated: Best Makeup/Hair (Peter King, J. Roy Helland);  Nominated: Best Production Design (Dennis Gassner);  Nominated: Best Sound (John Casali, Michael Keller, Blake Leyh, Mike Prestwood Smith, Renee Tondelli)
  • International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA):  Nominated: Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep); Nominated: Best Costume Design (Colleen Atwood); Nominated: Best Makeup and Hairstyling; Nominated: Best Production Design; Nominated: Best Sound Mixing

Top 10 of 2014 Lists:
Reviews:
  • Reviews can be found on Rotten Tomatoes.  Tomatometer score: 71% with 186 reviews counted.  Top Critics score: 85% with 39 reviews counted.
  • Also find the Metascore on Metacritic.  Metascore is 69 based on 41 critics.


Cast and Song Credits from the Film

cast credits   song credits



Soundtrack Information

      The Into The Woods soundtrack was released on Walt Disney Records on December 15, 2015, and immediately rose to the #12 spot in iTunes.  Both a 2 disc Deluxe version and a basic 1 disc version were released.  The soundtrack debuted on the January 3, 2015 Billboard 200 chart at #27 and reached #8 in its third week; it also debuted at #4 on the Soundtrack chart and peaked in 2nd place.  It placed in the top 20 on the Soundtrack chart for 21 straight weeks, whereas after falling out of the Billboard 200 for a few weeks, it re-entered the chart in weeks 15-17, probably due to the DVD/Blu-ray release.

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Articles about the soundtrack:
  • Billboard: December 15, 2014:  "And heeeeeeere's Johnny (Depp, as The Wolf). A comparatively small part, this early tune is Depp's big moment to shine -- and creep us all out."
  • Hypable: December 15, 2014:  "Special mention must go to Johnny Depp as The Wolf and his wonderfully wicked “Hello, Little Girl”
  • Billboard: January 2, 2015:  "Into the Woods" Soundtrack Breaks Top 20 on Billboard 200
 
Track Listing (tracks with * are also on the 1 disc version)
Disc 1
1   *Prologue: Into the Woods – Company
2   *Cinderella at the Grave – Cinderella’s Mother 
3   *Hello, Little Girl – Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood
4     Rapunzel’s Song – Rapunzel
5     The Cape as Red as Blood 
6     The Cow as White as Milk – Baker’s Wife, Baker 
7     Magic Beans 
8     Rapunzel’s Hair   
9     Granny’s Cottage 
10 *I Know Things Now – Little Red Riding Hood 
11   The Beanstalk Grows
12   Cinderella Runs
13 *A Very Nice Prince – Cinderella, Baker’s Wife
14 *Giants in the Sky – Jack

15   “Who Cares!”
16   Baker and Wife Part  
17   Princes’ Fanfare 
18 *Agony – Cinderella’s Prince, Rapunzel’s Prince 
19   The Forbidden Tower 
20   “May I Compare This Ear of Corn?” 
21 *It Takes Two – Baker’s Wife, Baker 
22   Two Midnights Gone 
23   One Day Left 
24 *Stay With Me – Witch
25   Jack Chops Down the Beanstalk
26 *On the Steps of the Palace – Cinderella 
27   “She Won’t Get Far With One Shoe” 
28   Searching for Cinderella 
29 *Careful My Toe – Stepmother, Florinda, Lucinda 
30   The Slipper Fits
31   Rapunzel’s Tear 
32   “This Cow Is Covered With Flour”
33   Almost Midnight 
34   The Witch’s Transformation
Disc 2
1   *Ever After (Instrumental) 
2     Back Into the Woods 
3     Find the Boy
4   *Witch’s Lament – Witch
5   *Any Moment – Cinderella’s Prince, Baker’s Wife
6   *Moments in the Woods – Baker’s Wife 
7   *Your Fault – Jack, Baker, Little Red Riding Hood, Witch, Cinderella
8   *Last Midnight – Witch 
9     No More (Instrumental) 
10   The Far Away Prince
11 *No One Is Alone – Cinderella, Baker, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack
12   The Giant Attack 
13 *Finale/Children Will Listen (Part 1) – Baker, Baker’s Wife, Witch, Company
14 *Finale/Children Will Listen (Part 2) – Company 
15   Stay With Me (Instrumental) 
16   Last Midnight (Instrumental)


 
Photo Gallery

An Into The Woods-specific Photo Gallery is now open on Johnny Depp Rocks!  You can view posters, production stills, and other images related to the film!  Click on the thumbnail below to enter!

Into The Woods Gallery
   

   
Cast

Anna Kendrick
kendrick
as Cinderella
 
Meryl Streep
streep
as the Witch
 
James Corden
corden
as the Baker
 
Emily Blunt
blunt
as the Baker's Wife
 
Chris Pine
pine
as Cinderella's Prince
 
Mackenzie Mauzy
mauzy
as Rapunzel
 
Lucy Punch
punch
as Lucinda
 
Christine Baranski
baranski
as Cinderella's Stepmother
 
    Tammy Blanchard      
blanchard
as Florinda
   
Billy Magnussen
magnussen
as Rapunzel's Prince
 
Daniel Huddlestone
huddlestone
as Jack
   
Frances de la Tour
frances giant
as the Giant
   
Lilla Crawford
riding hood
as Little Red Riding Hood
   
Annette Crosbie
annette granny
as Granny
   
Tracey Ullman
ullman
as Jack's Mother
   

Richard Glover
richard-steward
as Prince's Royal Steward
   
Simon Russell Beale
simon bakers father
as the Baker's Father
   
Joanna Riding
joanna cindysmom
as Cinderella's Mother
   



and Johnny Depp
the Wolf
as The Wolf




 Other Credits:

Rob Marshall Director
Stephen Sondheim Music And Lyrics
James Lapine Book
James Lapine Screenplay
John DeLuca
Rob Marshall
Producers
Dion Beebe Cinematography
Colleen Atwood Costume Design
Dennis Gassner Production Design
For the complete cast and crew, see IMDb
   


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