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There have been attempts to turn Into the Woods into a movie for decades, but it wasn’t until the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks when President Obama told the victims’ families, “You are not alone … No one is alone,” that director Rob Marshall knew that it was the right time for the film to finally happen - and sure enough, it did. With Into the Woods due for a Christmas Day debut, I got the opportunity to sit down with producers Marc Platt and John DeLuca to talk about the process of bringing the beloved Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical to screen. They discussed Marshall’s leadership qualities, the budget of the film, nailing the 16-minute opening and also offered updates on Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, Steven Spielberg’s untitled Cold War thriller and the Wicked movie as well. Catch it all after the jump. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Exclusive: Two of Hollywood’s favorite concepts — mash-up and reboot — converge with the Christmas Eve opening of Into The Woods, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s big-screen, bold-face transformation of their great Broadway show featuring Rapunzel, Cinderella, Prince Charming, Red Ridinghood, Beanstalk Jack, the Giant and, of course, a Witch, played by Meryl Streep.
For producer Marc Platt and director Rob Marshall, the premiere comes five years to the day since the equally starry unveiling of Nine, their last Broadway-to-film adaptation, with Daniel Day-Lewis playing a celebrated film director based on Federico Fellini. That did not have a happy outcome (budget: $80 million; box office gross: $20 million) but early indications suggest that Into The Woods will provide vindication for Platt, a risk-taker who has been working both coasts as Hollywood and Broadway producer after stints as president of production at Universal, TriStar and Orion. Platt is deep into work on several other films, »
- Jeremy Gerard
The folks at THR have released yet another roundtable interview, this time focusing on producers. Emma Thomas (Interstellar), Cathleen Sutherland (Boyhood), Eric Fellner (The Theory of Everything), John Lesher (Birdman, Fury), Marc Platt (Into the Woods), and Peter Chernin (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Exodus: Gods and Kings, St. Vincent) take part in the 40-minute roundtable discussion, which touches on a number of topics from their unique perspective. Two of the participants used to be studio heads, which leads to some interesting discussion about the current state of the movie studio culture (note: this was filmed before The Interview debacle). The producers talk about everything from being fired, working with big directors, dealing with budgets, how China figures into the planning equation nowadays, and much more. It’s a fascinating talk from a unique perspective on the filmmaking process. Check out the roundtable discussion after the jump, and »
- Adam Chitwood
I have another Oscar contender roundtable for you lovely people out there. This one concerns the producers of some of the most talked about films this year. Unfortunately, this roundtable is moderated by Stephen Galloway, so you will have to deal with that. But the things they talk about are still interesting. This roundtable includes Peter Chernin (St. Vincent, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Cathleen Sutherland (Boyhood), Marc Platt (Into the Woods), Emma Thomas (Interstellar), John Lesher (Birdman, Fury), and Eric Fellner (The Theory of Everything). It would have been interesting for this conversation to be filmed after the hack at Sony. It obviously would have come up, especially due to the e-mails from Scott Rudin and Amy Pascal. Alas, you can tell this has been in the can for quite a bit, so we will not get to enjoy that bit of talking. I thought Emma Thomas, »
- Mike Shutt
This story first appeared in the Jan. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. If you'd taken a snapshot of the men and women who participated in this year's Producer Roundtable about 15 years ago, you'd have seen most of them in very different jobs: Peter Chernin (Exodus: Gods and Kings, St. Vincent, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), 63, then was Rupert Murdoch's right-hand man at News Corp., running one of the largest media companies in the world; Marc Platt (Into the Woods), 57, was president of production at Universal Pictures, capping a long career as a
- Stephen Galloway
The untold story of The Wizard Of Oz's witches might just be heading to cinemas sooner than thought...
It looks like progress is being made on bringing the musical Wicked to the big screen. The last we'd heard, Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) was in talks to direct the film, and producer Marc Platt said just the other week that "the movie of Wicked is still a number of years down the line".
It may not be that many years, though. The untold story of the Witches Of Oz (as the musical is described) could in fact be gearing up for release in 2016, according to a new report at Film Divider. It revealed that one of the presentations at yesterday's Screen Film Summit noted that Wicked was set to be one of the highlights "of 2016's release calendar". So a bit sooner than had been though.
That would suggest that »
I can’t get enough of this upcoming Disney version of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods, and following the countless character posters that we’ve seen posted over the past few months, was delighted to come across this new international version which featuress all of said characters from the movie.
Into The Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. »
- Paul Heath
Heinrichs has served as production designer on films such as "Sleepy Hollow," "Fargo," "The Big Lebowski," the second and third "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, "The Wolfman," "Frankenweenie" and "Captain America: The First Avenger". [Source: Variety]
Now You See Me 2
In the new film, the Four Horsemen resurface and find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet. [Source: Coming Soon]
Steve Jobs Biopic
- Garth Franklin
When a movie does as well at the box office as Wanted did ($341 million on a $75 million budget), a sequel is usually assured, but it’s been a long six years since that action-thriller hit theaters, and the lack of news about Wanted 2 led many to believe that the project had been laid to rest. However, according to producer Marc Platt, the sequel is still very much in the works and has a screenplay that is already “far along.”
“We have a script that’s getting pretty good. To do a sequel when it wasn’t really set up for a sequel–one of our main characters dies in it. You don’t want to just retread a similar story, »
- Isaac Feldberg
It has been over six years since Wanted was released, and after it took in a rather impressive $340 million from a $75 million budget, a sequel was soon promised. But the fact that it has now been stuck in development hell for just over half a decade means that most fans of the original had given up hope that Wanted 2 would ever actually get to the big screen. According to Wanted.s producers, however, there's a chance that the sequel could still happen. During a discussion with Coming Soon to promote their upcoming Disney musical Into The Woods, producers Marc Platt and John DeLuca confirmed that a script for Wanted 2 has been prepared and that they are pretty happy with it. However, according to Platt, it sounds as though it.s still being worked on. Said the filmmaker, "We have a script that.s getting pretty good. To do »
While doing press for his upcoming musical Into the Woods, producer Marc Platt offered updates on two of his upcoming projects, the action-packed sequel Wanted 2 and another musical adaptation, Wicked.
Just a few days before Wanted hit theaters in 2008, Mark Millar, who wrote the comic book the film is based on, revealed that a sequel was already in the works, although we haven't heard much on the follow-up in the six years that followed that initial announcement. Marc Platt reveals that the script is still being developed, and it isn't quite there yet. But the sequel will happen nonetheless:
"We have a script that's getting pretty good. To do a sequel when it wasn't really set up for a sequel - one of our main characters dies in it. You don't want to just retread a similar story, but when we get the script to a certain bar, there will be a sequel. »
Back in 2008, Wanted came out and was a decent hit for Universal. Based on a comic miniseries by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones, the film starred a relatively unknown James McAvoy and managed to turn make $340+ million on a $75 million budget. Ever since, rumblings of a sequel have ranged from "Oh, definitely!" to "We'll see." Well, Coming Soon had a chance to speak with that film's producers and find out what the status of that film is- now that we're six years removed from the original. One of them, Marc Platt, was willing to speak candidly about where they are in that process.
His answers, though, lead me to believe that we're still at the "wait and see" stage and, with so much time having gone by, I get the feeling it would take a major development for this thing to happen.
Here's what Platt said about the state of »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
In an interview with Coming Soon, the producer explained that he is in no rush to make the new motion picture as the stage show is still incredibly popular with fans.
"The movie of Wicked is still a number of years down the line," he said. "We've just started its development, because the show's still so strong with eight or nine companies around the world.
"That's coming in the future. That's why I haven't been in a hurry, because it works so well on stage and audiences are enjoying it.
"It's not a timely story, it's a timeless [story], so I've been very sanguine to let folks explore it theatrically and when we're ready we'll make a movie."
We've been hearing rumors of a sequel to "Wanted" ever since the first film hit theaters in 2008 and grossed $341 million worldwide on a budget of $75 million. And now, producer Marc Platt revealed the status of the follow-up. "We have a script that's getting pretty good," he explained. "To do a sequel when it wasn't really set up for a sequel . one of our main characters (played by Angelina Jolie) dies in it. You don't want to just retread a similar story, but when we get the script to a certain bar, there will be a sequel. It's taken a while because it's challenging, as I said, because we lost a main, main character, so where that James McAvoy character goes now... we have good ideas though. It's coming along." Platt went on to confirm that comic book creator Marc Millar will be involved with the sequel. "He's always going to »
He revealed that writer Mark Millar is involved in the comic book sequel.
"We have a script that's getting pretty good," Platt told Coming Soon. "To do a sequel when it wasn't really set up for a sequel - one of our main characters dies in it.
"You don't want to just retread a similar story, but when we get the script to a certain bar, there will be a sequel. It's taken a while because it's challenging, as I said, because we lost a main, main character, so where that James McAvoy character goes now... we have good ideas though. It's coming along."
The first film was loosely based on Millar's comic book miniseries, which was set in a world where supervillains had eradicated all superheroes.
"[Millar is] always going to be involved but he's not going to write the screenplay which is far along, »
Although it's been awhile since we've heard anything about a sequel to Timur Bekmambetov's Wanted, producer Marc Platt recently told Coming Soon they are still interested in doing another movie, and are currently working on the script. But if you haven't seen Wanted, you'll probably want to avoid Platt's comments below about the sequel. Spoiler Alert! We have a script that’s getting pretty good. To do a sequel when it »
- Jesse Giroux
From the earliest days of the website we seem to have been reporting on a potential sequel to 2008's surprise hit, Wanted. The original movie starred James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman, with Timur Bekmambetov directing. And the first film ate up $341m at the global box office, Wanted 2 has been on the cards ever since.
However, Wanted 2 appeared to have fallen off-radar in recent years, and we'd assumed that the project had quietly been dropped. Not so though, says producer Marc Platt. "We have a script that’s getting pretty good", he told Coming Soon. "You don’t want to just retread a similar story, but when we get the script to a certain bar, there will be a sequel. It’s taken a while because it’s challenging. »
It's hard to believe that it has been more than six years since the release of 2008's Wanted. Interest in a sequel has been lukewarm at best. The film seemed to come to a natural conclusion. One of the film's main attractions, Angelina Jolie's 'Fox,' had been killed off. Producer, Marc Platt, told comingsoon.net that the sequel is still coming together. “We have a script that’s getting pretty good,” Platt explained. “To do a sequel when it wasn’t really set up for a sequel–one of our main characters dies in it. You don’t want to just retread a similar story, but when we get the script to a certain bar, there will be a sequel. It’s taken a while because it’s challenging, as I said, because we lost a main, main character, so where that James McAvoy character goes now… we have good ideas though. »
Ryan Gosling moved into the director’s chair in 2013. Though it was cheered at its reception, Lost River (formerly titled “How to Catch a Monster”) it was jeered by a good majority critics after its premiere screening in the Un Certain Regard section at that Cannes Film Festival this past May. Since then, not a word. Not a sound. No North American premiere, just a release date planned for next February in France. If Warner Bros. still had an indie label, the distinctly art-house film wouldn’t be shrouded in release date mystery. My thinking is: the studio simply don’t know what to do with it. In comes Sundance. A second home to the actor for two segments in his career: the formative years (The United States of Leland, The Believer, The Slaughter Rule) and the break out years (Half Nelson and Blue Valentine). Could Sundance programmers reel in this distinctive, »
- Eric Lavallee
Walt Disney Records is set to release the Into the Woods original motion picture soundtrack and the Into the Woods Deluxe Edition on December 16, 2014. Into the Woods features 20 songs from the film and the 2-disc Into the Woods Deluxe Edition also includes score. Both versions are available for pre-order now.
The film will be released in theaters December 25, 2014.
“Into the Woods” premiered on Broadway on November 5, 1987, at the Martin Beck Theatre. The production, which ran for 764 performances, won Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical. Among other awards, the musical received five Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical. “Into the Woods” 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 PBS television production and a 10-year-anniversary concert.
The big-screen adaptation welcomes songs from the stage musical, »
- Melissa Thompson
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