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Johnny Depp To Reteam With Rob Marshall For Musical 'Into The Woods'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
April 26, 2013 4:08 PM
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While Johnny Depp has only worked with Rob Marshall once, it was solidified that the "Pirates Of The Caribbean" franchise still had plenty of legs. Together, they helped 'On Stranger Tides' earn more than one billion worldwide, and now they're hoping to work some magic again. 

Depp is in talks to join Marshall's brewing adaptation of the smash Broadway musical "Into The Woods." The acclaimed, award-winning show will step right into Hollywood's fairy-tale trend obsession, telling the dark, complex story of The Baker and The Baker's Wife, who seek a way to lift a witch's curse that has left them unable to have children. And along the way, they cross paths with folks like Cinderella, Jack, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood. Last fall, it was reported that a bevy of talent was reading for roles, but this is the first time Depp's name has come into the mix. Meryl Streep is still in talks to join as well and while this all sounds and fine and dandy, it remains to be seen when exactly it will shoot.

Depp's slate is pretty full at the moment as this summer he'll shoot both Wally Pfister's "Transcendence" and the mob flick "Black Mass," and that's on top of getting out there and hustling "Lone Ranger." And he's already got "Pirates Of The Caribbean 5" slated for release in 2015 which likely means a good chunk of his 2014 will be taken up as well. We can only imagine "Into The Woods" won't be a small production, so some time will be needed to get it made.

So consider it an intriguing prospect for now -- Depp + Streep + singing. And if both are on board, you can bet Disney will move mountains to make it happen. [Variety]

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14 Comments

  • RealBadDad | April 27, 2013 5:01 PMReply

    I wouldn't be surprised if pirates was pushed to summer 2016, in favor of star wars getting that July 2015 date. This insinuates that Into the Woods is a top priority for rob marshall and depp. I bet we see this sometime in 2015 (probably fall) instead.

  • Sean | May 7, 2013 12:08 PM

    That is not going to happen to Pirates of the Caribbean 5, no matter what other summer movies are coming out in 2015. None of the other four Pirates of the Caribbean movies release dates were moved because of another movie that is coming out in the same time of year. Expect to see that Pirates of the Caribbean 5's theatrical release date stays right where it is.

  • RealBadDad | April 27, 2013 5:00 PMReply

    I wouldn't be surprised if pirates was pushed to summer 2016, in favor of star wars getting that July 2015 date. This insinuates that Into the Woods is a top priority for rob marshall and depp. I bet we see this sometime in 2015 (probably fall) instead.

  • JD | April 26, 2013 8:01 PMReply

    Johnny Depp as the Baker? That's weird casting. He shoulda played Jack in a 1990 film version.

    And don't cast Bernadette Peters as the Witch or anything. No, don't do that.

    Well, it's Rob Marshall, of course he's gonna ruin it.

  • Sean B | April 26, 2013 6:43 PMReply

    With Transcendence and Black Mass and Into The Woods on Johnny Depp's filming schedule, When will Pirates of the Caribbean 5 be filming?

  • Sean B | April 26, 2013 6:41 PMReply

    With Transcendence and Black Mass and Into The Woods on Johnny Depp's filming schedule, When will Pirates of the Caribbean 5 be filming?

  • Sean B | April 26, 2013 6:38 PMReply

    With Transcendence and Black Mass and Into The Woods all on Johnny Depp's filming schedule, when will Pirates of the Caribbean 5 be filming ?

  • HarleyQuinn | April 26, 2013 5:08 PMReply

    Depp doing Sondheim again!!! How can you guys write a whole article without bringing up the parallels with Sweeney Todd, one of Depp's best films!

  • pscott | April 26, 2013 4:36 PMReply

    Did I miss something? The Depp/Marshall remake of "The Thin Man" is now dead in the water?
    Don't get me wrong: I'm very happy if that is the case...

  • pscott | April 26, 2013 4:36 PMReply

    Did I miss something? The Depp/Marshall remake of "The Thin Man" is now dead in the water?
    Don't get me wrong: I'm very happy if that is the case...

  • jbean | April 26, 2013 4:21 PMReply

    man...depp's career just hurting for something respectable...for shame

  • Joe | April 26, 2013 4:19 PMReply

    Yeah, Kevin, what in god's name are you talking about? "On Stranger Tides" launched Depp's blockbuster career? Is it that difficult to do the slightest bit of research? It would take literally 30 seconds.

  • Kevin | April 26, 2013 4:41 PM

    Don't have an aneurysm bro, just got the Pirates movies mixed up.

  • what | April 26, 2013 4:13 PMReply

    Are you trying to be funny in that first paragraph? It seems you meant he worked with Verbinski and that changed his career in bankable movie star terms. He worked with him 5 times counting lone ranger. Once with Marshall though and that hardly change the mans career.

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