One consistent thing about Disney's Into the Woods musical movie adaptation is the news coming out of this picture is inconsistent and troubling as all hell. First they cut the best song from the original musical, then they claimed they didn't, and now news is hitting that the brand-new Stephen Sondheim song penned just for this adaptation has been scrapped entirely? What's going on over in this enchanted forest?
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Rob Marshall (who made the exceptional movie musical Chicago but the less fortunate adaptation Nine) cleared up a lot of questions we had about the Into the Woods movie. Like YES, "Any Moment" is back. THANK GOD.
However, in the interview he does confirm that Rapunzel no longer meets the tragic death she did in the original, but her new conclusion is, "still pretty dark, it's just a different kind of dark, and it's just as harrowing, and just as sad."
Moving on, confirming out suspicions, the song "Ever After" is now purely instrumental. Sigh. And "Rainbows," the song Sondheim wrote for a '90s attempt to adapt the musical for film, is not in this film and and was never going to be. Rumors, how they do spread! But Sondheim did write an entirely new song for the Witch (played by Meryl Streep)—though that was sacked as well.
There are many more details in the EW story. We're still not sure about this movie—and kind of bummed about the "Ever After" cut. Yes, a movie doesn't get to keep everything, but that song had a great beat and an excellent fast-singing delivery.