Even though Stephen Sondheim is widely considered the greatest musical theater composer of the past half-century, his work has only made it to the big screen sporadically over the years. The 2007, Tim Burton-directed screen adaptation of his “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” in fact, was the first big Sondheim movie since the 1970s.
There’s about be another, with the same star as ‘Sweeney.’
Johnny Depp, the Hollywood Reporter said Sunday, is in talks to star in “Into the Woods,” a Disney film adaptation of one of Sondheim’s more highly-regarded works. The director is not Burton again, but rather Rob Marshall, who directed the previous screen musicals “Chicago” and “Nine,” as well as the most recent “Pirates of the Caribbean” film.
“Into the Woods,” a dark mashup of fairy tales that premiered on Broadway in 1987, will star Depp as the Wolf, with Meryl Streep likely to play the Witch.