Coming off recent news from an interview Meryl gave to a Chinese journalist, we now have an interview in The Independent with composer Stephen Sondheim, suggesting that work on the much-rumored Into the Woods feature film will begin this summer:
As for the here and now? There's the prospect of a new song (not least for Oscar consideration, one assumes) as and when Rob Marshall's film of Into the Woods revs up in August, with Meryl Streep inheriting Bernadette Peters' Broadway role as the Witch.
I imagine it won't only be a song that's up for Oscar consideration when this is eventually released. The Chinese article suggested that shooting would begin in October. It's certainly possible that work will begin late summer with principle photography, including Meryl's shooting schedule, officially taking place in the fall. Regardless, this is just further confirmation that this picture is likely going forward, and more importantly, that Meryl will be involved. Woo hoo!