If the end is right, it justifies the beans.
By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist)
So I may or may not have posted about the Into The Woods film adaptation on the blog already. In case you can’t tell, I’m very excited about this film. One of my favorite things to do when a musical makes the leap from stage to screen is to read film blogs – especially ones where they have no previous knowledge of the source material – to gauge reaction of the roll out of the film (currently I'm having fun doing so with both Into The Woods and The Last Five Years). As a occasional producer, it gives me insight into how a marketing campaign is working or is not working, and how a new audience is responding to a work written originally for the stage.
This week ITW lovers got some special treats and sneak-peaks from the upcoming movie. On Wednesday we saw four different Entertainment Weekly covers dedicated to the film as well as new production stills. One cover revealed the look of Johnny Depp’s Wolf (more on that hot button issue in a bit) and another revealed what Meryl Streep’s Witch will look like in her “former state of youth and beauty” post-transformation – which puts to rest my speculation that the transformation might not happen. Long story short: it was very difficult to see in the teaser trailer whether she hat transformed or not in the millisecond clip with the giant, and that reason is that Colleen Atwood (who did the costumes for the film) did a fantastic job, making the “old, ugly” Witch’s look and the “young, beautiful” Witch’s look variations on a theme rather than two completely different costumes. I love it.
Okay. Now, as for Mr. Depp’s Wolf, I’m going to repeat myself: everybody calm the fuck down. I’ve seen mostly negative reaction online to the Wolf’s costume displayed on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. One blogger even wrote: “That's it. I'm done. With the long-awaited revelation of what Johnny Depp's Wolf will look like in Disney's adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, I'm out.” Another wrote: “Abandon all hope, all ye who enter here.”
Such reactions are judging the book – quite literally – by its cover.