Jun 24 2014 5:00pm

Rest Easy—The Into the Woods Movie Did Not Cut “Any Moment”

Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Into the Woods

Everyone who knows the musical Into the Woods was likely dismayed by the news Stephen Sondheim gave during a master class at NYU—that the song “Any Moment” was being removed altogether, along with a key dalliance between two characters.

Looks like the concern was premature, however. Sigh of relief time.

This statement was issued from Sondheim to Playbill.com, clarifying his comments. After affirming that his work with James Lapine (who is responsible for the show’s book) and film director Rob Marshall was entirely collaborative on the adaptation front, he then went on to say:

When the conversation with the teachers occurred, I had not yet seen a full rough cut of the movie. Coincidentally, I saw it immediately after leaving the meeting and, having now seen it a couple of times, I can happily report that it is not only a faithful adaptation of the show, it is a first-rate movie.

And for those who care, as the teachers did, the Prince’s dalliance is still in the movie, and so is “Any Moment.”

You guys—we get to hear Chris Pine sing “Any Moment.” Everything is wonderful. The world is a beautiful, ambiguous place.

Important to note that Sondheim does not make further comment on the demise of Rapunzel, so it seems likely that her death is still scrapped for the sake of the film. Still, we’re pretty sure this is the bigger victory.

Set pic via Digital Spy.

1. WillR
I'm not sure about that being the bigger victory. Especially given that Rapunzel's death is the driving force for the Witch's entire Act II arc. She is hopeless and has nothing left to lose at the end, and with her daughter still alive, I'm not sure how she's going to pass that breaking point. But I am very happy that Any Moment/Moments in the Woods is intact.
2. Tricky
So that film script which I've found sometime last year seems to be accurate. The Prince and Baker's wife's moment in the woods is in there indeed, and Rapunzel did not die. Ah well. In that script, Rapunzel left the Witch for good, so there's still that loss for the Witch. (Not death, but really, Rapunzel being alone and so deranged I'd be surprised if she doesn't die eventually anyway.)

ALSO, the Steward doesn't kill Jack's mother outright in that script. She helped search for Jack in that hundred-paces scene. (Which is incidentally one of the greatest scene for the Baker's wife. "Will only a giant's foot stop you from arguing!" Joanna Gleason was amazing there; hopefully Emily Blunt can rival that.) Anyway, eventually the Baker finds Jack's mother's fascinator hat—the same way Jack found Baker's wife's scarf. So I guess the film adaptation just wants to avoid depicting actual graphic death scenes. Although Rapunzel's death could be achieved by the same sound-effect-dependent style as in the theater production, it still was gruesome, wasn't it.

Lastly, the script indicates we do not get to see the Giantess in her entirety. Pity: I'd've loved to see Frances de la Tour. In any case, it's kinda cute how she plays the Giantess. Madame Maxime much?

Excited for the movie!

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