The very concept of ITW is one echoed in films like Shrek: it takes place in a storybook land and explores the darker side of the fairy-tale realm.
Now it looks like the movie is finally moving forward, this time under the guidance of Rob “I Directed Chicago and Nine” Marshall. It’s a perfect time, of course. Movie musicals and fairy tales have both become the rage and ITW’s mash-up of fairy tales echoes those from the popular TV shows Grimm and Once Upon a Time. It’s no coincidence that the fairy tales used in ITW have all become blockbusters in recent years – Rapunzel became Disney’s Tangled, Jack and the Beanstalk became Bryan Singer’s Jack, the Giant Slayer and Little Red Riding Hood became Red Riding Hood (2011) . The very concept of ITW is one echoed in films like Shrek: it takes place in a storybook land and explores the darker side of the fairy-tale realm.
Then the miracle happened: word has come that while Depp has been cast, the lead has gone to a relative unknown. In a move that defies conventional movie musical casting, Hollywood has cast James Corden in the lead. A stage actor, Corden is known for star turns in One Man, Two Guvnors and The History Boys. Depp, meanwhile, has been cast as the Wolf (the one who eats Little Red) and may also play Cinderella’s Prince, a doubling which echoes how casting is done in the stage version. Meryl Streep has also been cast as the Witch, which is not the worst decision, given that she can actually sing.