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Disney Fairytales: ‘Alice’ in Production; ‘Into the Woods’ Trailer
Mercedes Milligan Aug 4th, 2014
Walt Disney Studios’s hearty slate of upcoming live-action takes and twists on some of popular fairytales and classic stories continues to ramp up, with a new trailer for the mash-up fantasy Into the Woods (in theaters December 25) having arrived Friday and principal photography for Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (May 27, 2016) beginning this week.
Into the Woods, based on the musical* by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, is a modern twist on several Brothers Grimm tales, intertwining plots and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The adventures of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone) and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) are tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden, Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family, and the witch who curses them (Meryl Streep).
Into the Woods is one of the highlights from the number of musicals Stephen Sondheim has written. The show takes many famous fairy tales and plays them out through the first half of the show.
With the start of the second Act, we learn the fate of all these fairy tale characters. They’re all victims of their own cupidity. Jack, for example, stupidly sells his family cow for five “magic” beans. The beans are discarded by his angry mother, and Jack climbs into the heavens on that beanstalk.