Johnny Depp Mustn't Sing Again

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There's a rumor, a terrible rumor, afoot that Johnny Depp, onetime actor turned living cartoon, will be appearing in director Rob Marshall's upcoming movie adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. Playing who, well, we don't know that, but no matter what role he's in, this is a bad idea. Because the presence of Johnny Depp likely means we're going to be getting something silly. And while Into the Woods is funny, it is not Johnny Depp funny. Like it's not weird makeup steampunk Tim Burtonized funny. It just indicates that Marshall might be taking this movie in the wrong direction — I mean, these days Johnny Depp also means lots of special effects. Which... no. I know that Depp did a good enough job in the actually not terrible Sweeney Todd, but that does not mean that he should be given another musical. I mean, what does Sondheim think of this? I'm sure he's OK with Meryl Streep as the witch (oh, yeah, that's supposedly happening, too) but I wonder how this news makes Sondheim feel. Maybe he thinks it's great. Who knows. I just know that I don't like it. Not one bit! Don't do this, Marshall. Into the Woods is the best and does not deserve to be ruiend by some dopey movie. Rethink all of this, please. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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