First staged in 1986 by Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods is a Grimm fairy tale mashup featuring a massive cast of familiar characters who ae weaved together by a thread involving a baker and his wife who are desperate to have a child.
Almost 30 years on, and after a few false starts, the film is getting a big screen adaptation courtesy of Disney - who basically release every second film at this stage. Sondheim is heavily involved (including penning two new songs), the screenplay is by original writer James Lapine and a host of famous sorts including Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick make up the cast.
Here's the latest trailer, which happily doesn't shy away from the fact that this is definitely a musical, with songs and everything!
I'm not familar with the stage version but there's definitely potential here, not least because of the strong cast. Reports suggest some of the darker tones and sexual underpinnings have been dropped for the movie version, which is reflected in the PG rating handed down by the MPAA.
Really it all comes down to how good the songs are and whether these changes are significant enough to put off long term fans. Director Rob Marshall had huge success with 2002's Chicago but 2009's Nine crashed and burned at the box office. And honestly I still have some issues with a film where we're supposed to accept Emily Blunt and James Corden as a couple.
We'll see how it all turns out when Into the Woods hits Irish cinemas on the 9th of January 2015.