Tim Burton & Johnny Depp Team For 'Sweeney Todd'

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  1. Bat Brain

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    I didn't see a thread so:

    January 7, 2006
    Exclusive: Tim Burton & Johnny Depp Team For 'Sweeney Todd'
    By Andrew Hartman, MovieMusicals.net
    Status: Rumor From Valid Sources

    According to anonymous sources, director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp, who together have worked on five major motion pictures including 'Edward Scissorhands' and more recently 'Charlie & the Chocolate Factory,' will team once more for the upcoming movie musical adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's 'Sweeney Todd.'

    Depp will portray title character Sweeney Todd - the demon barber or Fleet Street - who slits the throats of his innocent (and not-so-innocent) customers.

    As of last year, Sam Mendes ('Road to Perdition,' 'Jarhead') was rumored to be the frontrunner to direct, however he left the project shortly after 'Jarhead' opened in theatres.

    It is unknown if Burton will opt to use the existing John Logan screenplay adaptation, or start from scratch. Therefore, a release date cannot be predicted at this time.

    'Sweeney Todd' first opened on Broadway in 1979 which starred Len Cariou, Angela Lansbury, Victor Garber, and Ken Jennings. The show is currently on Broadway in its second revival, starring Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris. The show features a score by legendary composer Stephen Sondheim who in his career has earned eight Tony awards, including Best Score for 'Sweeney Todd.'

    An official announcement is expected in the coming weeks.

    Source - Movie Musicals.net
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    :eek: Surely I'm not the only one excited by the prospect of this movie. It seems like the perfect material for Burton's style.
     
  2. Poeman

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    i saw that play on broadway

    it sucked
     
  3. Carmine Falcone

    Carmine Falcone So it goes.

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    Never heard of the story but sounds like good Burton material.
     
  4. da creole kid

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    There was a decent "Sweeney Todd" Cable movie starring Ben Kingsley circa '97.

    I'd say have him star in it and have Nolan direct it.

    Or Americanize it. Have Chris Cooper as Sweeney Todd and have the Cohen Brothers direct it.

    Burton/Depp idea is just uninspired.
     
  5. FooYu

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    They must have made at least 5 films together.
     
  6. da creole kid

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    Which isn't that bad, but always seem to be the exact same film!
     
  7. jaydawg

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    God, why don't they just admit it and get married.
     
  8. Landis-Wolf

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    There was an english made-for-TV special that aired a few days ago, starring Ray Winstone as sweeney todd. I heard it was good, anyone catch it?
     
  9. MaskedManJRK

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    Burton and Deep in a movie about a demon barber that kills people?

    ...

    I'm so f**king there.
     
  10. FooYu

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    I saw it being advertised on bbc 1 but i didn't see it.
     
  11. Kmack

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    Interesting, I love Depp/Burton films. This sounds like it could be awesome:up:
     
  12. Poeman

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    depps gonna have to be bald cause sweeny todd is all bald
     
  13. Metamorpho1977

    Metamorpho1977 You jack wagon!

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    Tim Burton+Johnny Depp+Scissors=movie that somehow sounds familiar for some reason.
     
  14. Hoedowned

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    Yeah, we've seen Depp bald already in Fear & Loathing.

    This sounds a more like a Coens brothers movie, or even a Terry Gilliam movie. But i guess Burton will do, but i hope he does that Ripley biopic first.
     
  15. Poeman

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    Hey it would be perfect as a coens bros film
     
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    Yeah, when I heard about this I was wondering if they were just taking liberties with their perfect record so far (even though Charlie was probably the most controversial of them all), but the more and more I read about this play, it looks like they're in for their sixth hit.

    I'm guessing this'll be after Burton and Carrey's Ripley's Believe it or Not flick... which I also had questions about... but holds high promises... (Ed Wood, anyone?)

    This is great news. This is what I was hoping Burton would do after doing two flicks this year that had a more diverse appeal from his greatest stuff. I loved Chocolate Factory, and Corpse Bride was good... but this is where Burton shines. I look forward to hearing more about these two movies.
     
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    Also, anyone know what Burton/Depp's movies are at on IMDb as far as ratings? I think all 5 of them are 7.3 or higher, with Ed Wood being the winner.
     
  18. Octoberist

    Octoberist point blank

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    As long as Burton does use John August as his screenwriter, I'm all for it.

    I don't know...I just don't like August. His writting is empty..
     
  19. bored

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    As long as Depp can sing, I will probably enjoy this.


    "Try the fiddle player, but be careful, it's a bit stringy."
    "*examining* Piccolo."
    "How do you know?"
    "Because, it's piping hot."
     
  20. green

    green fear is the mind killer

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    You are so right, it seems absolutely perfect for Burton and Depp as well...
     
  21. DACrowe

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    This isn't Coens because they only do American movies and this is based on a TRUE STORY (loosley) hundreds of years ago in London.

    The idea of Burton and Depp doing a musical adaptation of the one with great Sondheim music about a guy murdering people so his gal pal can cook them in meat pies....wow this right up there alley.

    And the idea of Burton and Depp doing a musical is most amusing.

    We'll see though.
     
  22. ZER0C00L

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    :rolleyes:

    Nolan = overrated
     
  23. Bud Dwyer

    Bud Dwyer Suddenly tragic

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    This is the tale of Sweeney Todd...
    Who worshipped a dark and ungrateful God.
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    THEY ARE GOING TO MESS THIS UP. Bonham Carter is gonna get Mrs. Lovett and neither can sing probably and argh!

    Burton, this HAS to be R. Or I will kill you for you would have raped the greatest musical thriller of all time.

    That'll be all. Bye.
     
  24. da creole kid

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    I can agree that Nolan's overrated, but so is Burton.

    It is all the same movie with this a-hole. Except "Big Fish", and that wasn't special.
     
  25. Octoberist

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    In theory, anybody who has sucess is overrated. Who NOT overrated anymore? In fact, 'overrated' is just an overrated word!
     

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