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Looks like Tim Burton and Johnny Depp will be giving us a reeealllly close shave!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a really interesting rumor. has posted a bit "from valid sources" saying that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp will work again on the film version of the musical SWEENEY TODD, about the murderous barber. I've also confirmed this as a valid bit of talk from a source of mine as well, so while I wouldn't call it anything more than a rumor at this point, I think there's certainly something going on with this project. Sam Mendes is no longer attached to direct the musical.

I'm a big fan of most of Burton and Depp's collaborations... matter of fact, I've just been going through the special features on that ED WOOD special edition that came out a few months back and forgot just how awesome that movie is. I'd love to see them knock another one out of the park and this material's just twisted and sick enough to make 'em both smile. What do you think?


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  • Jan. 7, 2006, 9:40 p.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Not True

    by LilOgre

    Friend works with Sondheim's rep.'s and they are not eager to do ANY film adaptation right now with the Broadway revival doing so well. And if you have not seen the show - well its damn amazing.

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 9:44 p.m. CST


    by LilOgre

    Far creepier than Hostel!

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 9:47 p.m. CST


    by LilOgre

    If this is somehow true - I hope its better than Burton's other adaptations and remakes which usually s-u-c-k.... (as opposed to his original material)

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 9:51 p.m. CST

    I wonder if this is getting released around the same time as the

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Ed Crane: Scissor Killer. The tag-line goes something like this. You see a poster with a large picture of Billy Bob Thornton's grimacing mug, and underneath it are the words: "The Soon-to-be-hit-sequel to The Man Who Wasn't There. Meet Ed Crane, Barber Extroardinaire. Would you let HIM cut your hair?". I love it when tag-lines rhyme.

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Tim Burton

    by LeckoManiac

    His masterpiece was Pee Wee's Big Adventure...everything since then has been down hill.

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 10:05 p.m. CST

    I think Tim Burton and Johnny Depp need to take a break from eac

    by Citizen Arcane

    I think they both need their space and maybe should just be friends.

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Is True

    by woxel1

    I have it on*good word that there *has* been talk. It doesn't mean there's going to be a movie - only that it has been given consideration.

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Who would win in a knock out drag out tag team rumble?

    by calami-shami

    Burton and Depp against Scorsese and Dicaprio. The winner? Pay-Per-Veiw!

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 10:20 p.m. CST

    by Lavaman

    The Texas Longhorns will own your ass.

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 10:28 p.m. CST

    How was Corpse Bride, anyway?

    by Stan the Bat

    Get the DVD or just let it go?

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Wasn't that a Monty Python skit?

    by Gorrister

    I think Monty Python has already done the definitive "Murderous Barber" story. Can't top the classes. ;)

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Can Johnny Depp even sing?

    by IndustryKiller

    I thought I remember reading an interview with him thanking God thatt he new Willy WOnka didn't sing.

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Corpse Bride

    by Gorrister

    Corpse Bride was good, but it didn't come close to Nightmare Before Christmas. And it left me with mixed feelings over whether the ending was happy or not.

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 10:31 p.m. CST

    PLEASE no frickin' Elfman.

    by ZeroCorpse

    Seriously, "Ed Wood" is one of Burton's best movies because it's the only one that Elfman didn't score. GET RID OF ELFMAN, BURTON! Oingo Boingo rocked, but Elfman's scores are reptitive crap. He peaked with Beetlejuice.

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 10:34 p.m. CST


    by Gorrister

    I agree with you, ZeroCorpse. I can spot an Elfman track in 3 notes or less. The guy is good, but not very original. He had one good idea for a musical score and wrote a hundred different versions of it.

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Can Depp sing?

    by JiggamanSpence

    If so, he would be quite perfect for playing somebody as insane as Sweeney. I hope this one happens!

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Obvious choice, but wrong wrong wrong.

    by uberman

    I'm sure this looks like the ideal Burton film, but knowing Burtons penchant for overwhelming, empty and souless movies, this project should NOT go to the pbvious choice but be given to a director with a history of making films that don't leave you feeling that you just ate 10 lbs of sugar. Yes, a little candy is good, but sooner or later ya gotta have a meal, and Burton aint no Chef Boy Ardee.

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 10:45 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    dont cast a person just BECAUSE they play nuts in every other movie. If you wanna make a good film, get an actor who normally doesnt play nuts-a guy who is the normal one in most films.

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Hey woxel1 - you know what I meant!

    by LilOgre

    Talk or no talk - again this is not happening.... And hopefully never will.

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 11:12 p.m. CST

    am i the only one here who thinks that burton's version of c

    by Chief Redcock

    i loved the film, even more than the original, i shit you not. very dark, and depp was a great, creepy, androgynous wonka. burton and depp are both geniuses. elfman is fucking brilliant too. if you feel otherwise, you should be forced to give tom selleck a dirty sanchez...

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Yes, Burton's Chocolate Factory was grossly underrated.

    by Osmosis Jones

    It's been hilarious to see geeks crucify Burton for remaking the 70's "classic" (which is HORRENDOUSLY dated), yet Peter Jackson gets a pass for remaking King Kong.

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Wasn't this play a part of "Jersey Girl"?

    by BigDogg

    Yeah, I admit that I rented it on DVD. Not as bad as everybody says

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Wasn't there a rumor

    by Purgatori

    going around that Depp was going to be playing Gypsy Rose (yes the FEMALE stripper) in a movie version directed by Burton? Has that changed to Todd, cause that's fine with me? But I'd be intrigued by the Gypsy film.

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 11:26 p.m. CST

    BOTH the Willy Wonka remake and the King Kong remake sucked...

    by matersuspiriorum

    Painful to watch in fact. Hey, Hollywood, just because you can doesn't mean you should. Shame on you Peter Jackson. Why don't you make a sequel to Bad Taste instead?

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 11:27 p.m. CST


    by NiceMarmot

    Upon reading the headline, I was afraid this was going to be a live action remake of the Wallace & Gromit short (with CGI dog, of course).

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Ed Wood

    by symphy

    Ironic that that's Tim Burton's best film, isn't it? In the sense that it's the least "Tim Burton-y".

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Great play but Depp is way too young.

    by Bungion Boy

    And even if he can sing, I find it hard to believe that he has a deep base voice that the part requires. Tim is a good choice for a director because he already tackled a similar setting in some of the scenes of Sleepy Hollow which looked great. But Todd has to be roughly 50 years old or so. Over the last 15 years or so actors ranging from Kevin Kline to Kelsey Grammer were rumored to be taking on the role. While they might not be the box office draws that Depp is, I would rather see someone that fit the part.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 12:15 a.m. CST


    by RezE11even

    He sung in Cry Baby and is in his own band(not sure if he sings in the band though). But he is a fantastic musician all the same.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 12:22 a.m. CST

    depp is a good enough enough actor to play the character, even i

    by Chief Redcock

    anyway, knowing burton, he'll probably make major changes to the character and the play.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 12:23 a.m. CST

    errr, scratch the second "enough" there. thankee.

    by Chief Redcock

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Depp is 42

    by Bass Ackwards

    Though yea, I do have to wonder about his baritone.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Burton Yes - But Depp? No way...

    by Fleet

    Sweeney Todd would be perfect for Burton to get his hands into, and he wouldn't/shouldn't have to change or alter any of it, because it's right down his alley - Dark, Gothic and funny for all the wrong reasons... But Depp as Todd? No way... Sweeney is supposed to be an older man. He's a much larger, well built solid guy than Depp is - He's supposed to be physically foreboding as well as commanding with his voice - which requires a bass register, and something that I think just by looking at Depp that he would totally lack... If anything he'd be suited to something more along the role of Toby (who's a younger, "slow" ((see retarted)) character) But there's no way in hell Depp should be playing Sweeney Todd... It'd just be totally wrong...

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Fuck, I wanted to make the Sweeney Todd Movie!

    by DerLanghaarige

    But if Burton and Depp make it, I'll be in a theater near me on day 1!

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 1:21 a.m. CST

    I agree, Depp is not even close to the right age to play Sweeney

    by Lenny Nero

    And as far as his singing goes, his stuff in CRY-BABY isn't even close to the near-operatic insanity of this Sondheim show. I was really hoping for Mendes to return to musicals, since the CABARET he did with Rob Marshall was stellar, and so was, I hear, his GYPSY.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Depp would be very right to play another part in this

    by CokeMachineGlow

    He'd be a great Pirelli - if he can sing, which I'm a little doubtful of since Elfman did Jack's singing voice in Nightmare before Xmas. Really dont think he's right for Sweeney though. Too bad Christopher Lee isnt about 30 years younger.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 2:25 a.m. CST

    I don't think

    by Purgatori

    Depp sang in Cry Baby. In fact I believe in my Spec Edition of it they say they dubbed him with someone else.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 2:28 a.m. CST

    This is awful

    by Plum

    Depp isn&#39;t right for any role in <i>Sweeney Todd</i>, period. He&#39;s too old for Anthony and too much of a man-boy for Sweeney, who needs to be an imposing baritone. His voice isn&#39;t high enough for the Beadle or low enough for the Judge. And most importantly, he doesn&#39;t sing legit, and switching vocal styles isn&#39;t something that can be easily taught. As for Burton- I think he spikes his Gothicism with too much whimsy for SWEENEY TODD. And he always makes movies exactly the way he wants too, which isn&#39;t good news for material that doesn&#39;t exactly match his style. Ah, well. It&#39;s just a rumor. And even if it&#39;s a true one...Mendes dropped the project, didn&#39;t he?

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 2:34 a.m. CST

    One more thing...

    by Plum

    The SWEENEY score is hell to sing. The chorus numbers are spectacularly rangy, and, more pertinently for this discussion, whoever plays Sweeney needs to be able to reach tenor notes with a baritone&#39;s weight and timbre. There&#39;s a reason it&#39;s become popular with opera companies; they see it as vocally worthy of them. (Even if the singing really should be more legit than classical.) This show is a masterpiece. It should be done right or not at all.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Bend over, matersuspiriorum, Tom Selleck is waiting for you...

    by Chief Redcock

    He wants his Fu Manchu style. Bitch.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 2:45 a.m. CST

    I agree. No more Burton+Depp+Elfman

    by Smurfette

    At least until after Pirates 2.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Why would Elfman be involved?

    by Plum

    SWEENEY TODD has a score. Obviously. I realize Elfman wrote some incidental music for CHICAGO, but since SWEENEY is almost completely underscored, there will probably be too much musical material to use rather than spaces that need to be filled.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Did someone above imply that Johnny Depp was the speaking voice

    by Lenny Nero

    No, bro. It was Chris Sarandon. Y&#39;know, Humperdink?

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 3:47 a.m. CST

    I&#39;m confused

    by Bryan

    Did somebody imply that Burton and Elfman were doing Pirates of the Caribbean 2? And did someone else seem to indicate that Depp did the non-singing voice of Jack Skellington? I think so but I&#39;m sure both people were just spacing out momentarily. Anyway, Burton was rumored to be doing Sweeney Todd several years ago. Maybe ten years ago. I kind of doubt it&#39;s for real this time but I could be wrong.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 4:42 a.m. CST

    But will it be better than Jersey Girl?

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Joking, even though I actually don&#39;t mind JG. Anyhoo, I just saw Ed Wood recently and was disappointed. I was expecting his best film, and while it had it&#39;s moments, it seemed it was just an excuse for Tim Burton to film his favorite scenes from Wood&#39;s movies.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Wonka Was An Empty Experience

    by flamingrunt

    I know its cool to love these Depp collaborations but to be honest im just not digging Tim Burton any more.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 5:34 a.m. CST


    by CokeMachineGlow

    right...chris sarandon was jack. yar, its late.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Burton with Depp is like Scorsese and Leo= an unholly alliance o

    by chien_sale


  • Jan. 8, 2006, 6:10 a.m. CST

    fuck you, you&#39;re wrong

    by Chief Redcock

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 6:11 a.m. CST

    on both counts

    by Chief Redcock

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Ray Winstone

    by The Handsome 12th Doctor

    Ray Winstone played Sweeney Todd in a recent BBC drama. He was the perfect choice for it. He looked right (which Depp doesn&#39;t), and he somehow convinced us he was a likeable bloke really, who would have been even more likeable if he didn&#39;t horribly murder folk.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 6:42 a.m. CST


    by Plum

    I&#39;m not sure if "likable" is quite the right thing for the musical version of the story. Sympathetic, yes, but in the end Sweeney&#39;s also scary as hell. I think Shuler Hensley (Jud Fry in the Hugh Jackman OKLAHOMA!) would be great, but he&#39;s almost completely unknown. I think his biggest movie role has been Frankenstein&#39;s Monster in VAN HELSING. (Speaking of which- heck, even Hugh Jackman would be a better Sweeney than Depp.)

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 6:58 a.m. CST

    That&#39;d be incredible.

    by johncage

    I love Sweeney Todd and Tim Burton would do an amazing job with a film adaptation. Johnny Depp -- if he&#39;s got the voice -- would be perfectly cast. He&#39;s the right kind of Todd: Charming but terrifying. I love "Todd&#39;s" black humor. Todd sings lovingly for his long-lost daughter while slashing throats. I was hoping they&#39;d get around to an updated film version and now seems to be the right time.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 7:40 a.m. CST

    I read this was happening...

    by Drworm2002

    ...but the news said it wasn&#39;t Burton and Deep

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Are we sure it&#39;s going to be an operetta?

    by blessedsloth

    Burton and Depp took the songs out of Chocolate Factory (a movie I didn&#39;t terribly like)... Perhaps they&#39;d be better off doing a dramatic, non-musical adaptation of the Todd story... the storyline itself is surely interesting enough even without the songs.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 8:56 a.m. CST

    How was Corpse Bride anyway

    by emeraldboy

    Re: Stan the bat. Corpse Bride was the most disappointing film from burton that I have seen. The length of a movie shouldnt necessarily be a problem, but this film was so cumbersome and slow until it got to the world of the dead where it did smarten up until, we returned to the land of the living and the movie slowed right right down. elfmans score was the worst he has ever. I dont know anything about the co-director, who amde the movie with burton, but I think it did curb burton creativity. Burton wanted to do animated musical with Corpse bride but in the end he had to ditch Elfman score. Go rent it on Dvd, and make up your own mind but I found it to be very disappointing, Dull and dreary.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Depp is old enough and an inspired choice

    by Josef K

    Sweeney is only in his 40s as the daughter he is seeking is only 15 or 16. The music by Sondheim is brilliant but in Depp&#39;s range. My big question is...Who will they cast as Mrs. Lovett??

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Wasn&#39;t Sam Mendes supposed to be doing this?

    by CoolDan989

    Well, that sucks...

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 9:30 a.m. CST

    BTW, Broadway&#39;s current "Sweeney" is only 45...

    by Josef K

    And looks young like Johnny...

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Burton and Depp didn&#39;t take the songs out of the Chocolate F

    by DerLanghaarige

    They ignored the songs from the first version and put in some songs that were in the book!

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Breaking News!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by crackerfarmboy

    Johnny Depp to star in new Tim Burton film! More as it develops. (This is actually my SECOND time using this line. The last time was the release of Chalie and the Choclate Factory. Looks like I was right that time, and likely will be again!)

  • All those of us this side of the Atlantic had the opportunity to see Ray Winston&#39;s portrayal of the demon barber in a BBC drama broadcast last Tuesday. I&#39;m surprised there was no coverage of it here, in fact. It played like a cross between a period drama and a slasher movie. Pretty damn gory for the BBC.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 10:18 a.m. CST


    by blessedsloth

    Yes, sorry for not be specific enough, I meant that they took out the "theatrical" songs from the Gene Wilder version (e.g. Candyman). Of course the Oompaloompa songs remained (and restored to something closer to their Dahl originals).

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 10:21 a.m. CST

    But does the world really NEED this after the BBC version of las

    by blessedsloth

    Actually, there is older production (basically a film of a stage show) with George Hern in the title role and Angela Lansbury doing Moffit... It&#39;s better than the Ray Winston performance (in this viewer&#39;s opinion). But if you liked that one... maybe multiple versions ain&#39;t such a bad thing.

  • nm

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by Bunch-backdToad

    This is totally wrong! I cannot think of a more heinous choice for Sweeney than Johnny Depp. Sweeney is Jonathan Pryce, or Alfred Molina, or Kelsey Grammar, an middle aged, operatic quality bass/baritone, who is a character actor and is able to disappear into a part, and not be a huge ham. Don&#39;t get me wrong, Johnny is a very talented man, he&#39;s just not an actor who you can easily forget is acting, he&#39;s also not a character actor, or an operatic quality singer. The only role I can see Depp playing is Pirelli, who is a rather small part, and one that Depp surely could not sing as it is written as an Italian counter-tenor (aka really fucking high.) As for Burton&#39;s direction, I don&#39;t know. If he toned down all the Burtonisms and made it truly dark instead of that sugary "Hot Topic" dark o which he is accustomed, I don&#39;t think he&#39;d be a bad choice. One good thing that certainly would come of this is that Christopher Lee would most assuredly play Judge Turpin, a role he was born to play.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Sweeny Todd would be nice, but bring me Assassins


    I wanna see a big screen version of Assassins, dammit. With the following cast: Bette Midler as Sarah Jane Moore (?) Lauren Ambrose as Squeaky Fromme Kevin Kline as John Wilkes Booth Paul Giamatti as Samuel Byck Clive Owen as Leon Czolgosz Chris Elliott as Charles Guiteau (?)

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Burton/Depp; You know I"m in! Plus, I can&#39;t believe what I&

    by R.C. the "Wise"

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Can Depp sing??? What am I reading hear?! Can Britney Spears s

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    Think Burton and his team couldn&#39;t do the same for Johnny? Besides, he can have his lady coach him up.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 12:26 p.m. CST


    by smylexx

    Sweeny Todd was 46 when he died. Deppster is about the right age to play him, though i agree a larger physical presence would be more acceptable.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 12:43 p.m. CST

    "Do you get these &#39;flashbacks&#39; often?" "Increasingly...

    by Chief Redcock

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 12:43 p.m. CST

    What about Ben Affleck as Sweeney Todd?

    by DerLanghaarige

    Yes, I like Jersey Girl!

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 12:44 p.m. CST

    "Candy is a waste of time!" ::Cut to extreme close up of Depp,

    by Chief Redcock

    such a great movie

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Okay, fuck this! I just went to imdb and read, that John Logan w

    by DerLanghaarige

    We need a good writer for this!

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 1:11 p.m. CST

    You know what would be great?

    by Anna Valerious

    If they did the insane asylum version that&#39;s currently on broadway. But, it might be lost in the translation. However, there WAS a TV version made for Showtime back in the &#39;90s...

  • I now see Sweeney Todd as a fat, bald butcher with a rough cockney accent, called Ray Winstone.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Plum, I agree with you about Shuler...

    by Anna Valerious

    ...but, for the moment, Shuler is playing Kerchak (The alpha male ape played by Lance Henriksen in the film) in the stage version of "Disney&#39;s Tarzan". And now I&#39;m torn between that and "The Wedding Singer" if I&#39;m able to go to NY this year...

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by WolfmanNards

    If Burton does end up making it, Depp will have a small part because he can&#39;t sing. He&#39;s said so in many interviews.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Not even in cry baby

    by WolfmanNards

    That wasn&#39;t Depp singing in cry baby

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Forgot the "Tarzan" link

    by Anna Valerious

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 3:04 p.m. CST


    by Neosamurai85

    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing about Jersey Girl. Oh god... Just when I thought we could get away from these two bitching at each other... I guess Smith probably has enough to yak about on the collage circuit now for another DVD. I wonder if he&#39;ll mention any of us Talkbackers this time around. Peace.

  • 2005 Chocolate Factory ownz your wussy sappy ass 70s version.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 8:13 p.m. CST


    by DoctorWho?

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    by Plum

    I actually rather liked it, mostly because of the musical numbers. I also thought Depp had total commitment to a very wrongheaded interpretation of his character. Burton and Dahl are a perfect match because theyboth work in whimsy with a dark edge. SWEENEY is true horror and quasi-Greek tragedy with an edge of sick humor. It&#39;s not the same.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 2:22 a.m. CST

    I...I never wanted to do this for a living...

    by Capt. Spaulding

    I like all of the Burton/Depp collaborations, including "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." As someone who read the book (yes, book!) I always disliked the Gene Wilder version (yet liked Gene Wilder in it?), so I was happy to see a version which stuck to the book and returned Wonka to his "uncomfortable to be around" status. (I know, I know, the stuff with Christopher Lee wasn&#39;t in the book, but, fuck it, it&#39;s Christopher Lee).

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 2:23 a.m. CST


    by Capt. Spaulding

    Jersey Girl sucked ass. And the next person who criticizes Scorsese gets their ass kicked (such people don&#39;t deserve life).

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 8:21 a.m. CST

    George Hearn...

    by MaguaSynfield

    ...was & is to this day, the man born to play Sweeney Todd. No one can touch her performance, in this reporters humble opinion. ( the evidence is available on DVD - get it) I think Burton could film the thing properly; from a production POV, it would likely work. But having George Hearn & Angela Landsbury already on DVD makes another filmed version pointless. You are not going to get a better Sweeney Todd than George Hearn. You aren&#39;t. The definitive version of this story is already available.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 8:22 a.m. CST

    HIS performance

    by MaguaSynfield

    Sorry...went off on a jag about Angela Landsbury that I deleted for length. Duh.

  • Cause, y&#39;know...TIM BURTON HAS FATHER ISSUES.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Sounds cool, it&#39;s a great musical. But can Depp sing?

    by minderbinder

    Or at least sing the part? Sweeny&#39;s a baritone, isn&#39;t he?

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 9:02 a.m. CST

    After a quick ST image search, I would go with Vincent D&#39;Ono

    by Declan_Swartz

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Walken to play the Barber

    by Nizzuts

    Christopher Walken could play the barber. I think that he would fit the bill nicely. And by the way Capt. Spaulding, Scorsese sucks my balls. Kundun was the last good movie he made.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Charlie Wonka and the Fudge Factory

    by Packin_Beef

    OMG....there&#39;s probably only one movie worse than this piece of shit and that&#39;s BABY GENIUSES. Tim Burton movies, though pretty to look at, lack heart, therefore, have no replay value. He ruined BATMAN. Xmas Nightmare? WTF was that horseshit? Sizzorhands? How much fuckin crack was inhaled to come up with that farce? I challenge anyone here to sit through the entire Charlie Wonka! ..and you have to do it without strong liquor or a crack pipe! Can&#39;t be done...nope. I dumped this stupid POS when that fat fuck gets stuck in that candy tube. Who thought up that moronish crap? Nevermind, this movie IS worse than Baby Geniuses.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Mrs. Lovett

    by The Alienist

    The saddest part of the Sam Mendes drop out was that he had cast Emma Thompson as Sweeney&#39;s canabalistically inclined love/baker Nellie Lovett. An amazing, perfect choice (Imelda Stauntan was up for it as well--not Bette Midler or Meryl Streep as reported). If this comes to fruition let&#39;s hope Burton retains this bit of casting.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 10:51 a.m. CST

    and congratulations

    by The Alienist

    This is the first time I think I&#39;ve read a Talkback about a proposed or definite movie musical without fanboys decrying how "gay" musicals are. Even the last "Dreamgirls" TB was full of the world "fag". Is it because "Sweeney Todd" actually has some cred? Is it Sondheim? Is it because its about a serial killer?

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 11:16 a.m. CST

    ST cred

    by MaguaSynfield

    Could be because its the finest work of a true genius ( Sondheim); superb music, humor so black it crosses into the ultraviolet, a rousing story of injustice, lust, revenge & a higher body count than MacBeth. Sweeney is more like Marv (in Sin City) than a serial killer - Sweeney too is "killing his way up the food chain" to get to the top. (Well, to be fair, Sweeney does say "and I&#39;ll get to the judge even as he gloats; in the meantime I&#39;ll practice on less honorable throats.") Best goddamn musical ever. Aliens, needing an explaination of "theatre" would only need to pop in the DVD of George Hearn & Angela Landsbury&#39;s production of The Todd.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Depp and Burton bring out the best in one another

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    Sleepy Hollow, I thought, was a fantastic ghost story. Ed Wood was brilliant. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory put the brakes on the infinite spinning Roald Dahl was doing in his grave over the silly Gene Wilder version. Hollywood movies would be a lot more interesting if there were more collaborations like this one. Scorcese and Leo are good, as are Soderbergh and Clooney, or Hanks and Howard. But Depp and Burton bring a unique tone to the material that&#39;s unmatched, even where you have three characters as different as Depp&#39;s were in the three films mentioned above. Good on them, I say. And by all means, get Elfman on the soundtrack. I&#39;m still peeved he got snubbed for the Batman (1989) score, and I thought the music in Edward Scissorhands was among the strongest aesthetic elements in the film. And with that, I conclude my blather.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Oh, and uh... Packin_Beef...

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    The part about Augustus Gloop getting stuck in the tube? That was in the BOOK. You&#39;ve heard of those?

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Burton&#39;s chocolate factory blew

    by LordSoth

    Burton and Depp spend too much time exploring the chocolate factory behind closed doors if you get my drift. The Charlie movie is only thought to be good by squeeing fangirls. The songs sucked big time. Ed Wood though was pure genius.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Depp is NOT TOO YOUNG

    by Shark Parcel

    In the musical, Joanna is what, 16ish? Sweeney was sent away when she was a young child, even an infant. I imagine at the time that Sweeney himself was fairly young and newlywed, proper for someone described as "foolish" and "naive". People married young back then. The guy could logically be in his mid-late thirties. Depp is over 40. He&#39;s still wrong for the part, though. I mean, I can&#39;t say this for sure because he&#39;s a fabulous actor that can adapt to many roles, but my favorite still has to be the man I saw as Sweeney onstage... He was amazing. Incredible voice, fabulous BRITISH accent for the part (not overly harsh like George Hearn), and played the part perfectly, his grief twisting his perceptions of morality. Wonderful!

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 7:46 p.m. CST

    After this past weekend, it&#39;s been announced that this proje

    by chickychow

    Harry&#39;s thoughts: You know, at first I had doubts about this. I mean, I love Eli Roth and all, but him doing Sweeney Todd? Then I watched Hostel for the 86th time, and you know what? I dig this choice. Jay will make a kickass Sweeney Todd, and I can&#39;t wait to see how many titties and bum-bums Eli throws into this (further pushing away his latent homosexuality of course). This has just shot up to like #3 on my must-see list, right next to Robert Rodriguez&#39;s "Random Piece of Crap Movie in 8-D!" and Paul W.S. Anderson&#39;s "John Carter of Mars." (C&#39;mon guys, we need SOMEONE to get the ball rolling on this one...)

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Michael Medieros?

    by Plum

    Are you sure you don&#39;t mean Michael Cerveris? He&#39;s the one currently doing it on Broadway- I don&#39;t like his casting either, but I&#39;ll see how it works in a couple of days. And all you George Hearn fanpeople need to show a little respect for Len Cariou, who actually started quietly menacing so he could build up to the madness, instead of seeming nuts from the start. And screw Johnny Depp&#39;s real age- he LOOKS too young and not imposing enough, and that&#39;s what counts. Also, once again, why the hell do we need any Elfman on the soundtrack? You&#39;re working with the music of Sondheim here, not any old hack.

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 3:12 a.m. CST

    My apologies

    by Plum

    I didn&#39;t recognize Medeiros&#39; name, but he did play Sweeney onstage. I&#39;m still awfully attached to the idea of Hensley, though.

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Len Cariou

    by MaguaSynfield

    I got nothing but respect for Len - a superb actor. But Lsiten to the soundtrack recording of Len&#39;s performance & compare it to the DVD with George Hearn. Hearn&#39;s "rougher edges" are exactly what Sondheim wanted for the part ( says he); he perfers actors who sing like people rather than actors who sing like well trained professional singers. Hearn&#39;s performance, to these ears, is far more visceral, agonized & has a menace & power I didn&#39;t get off the Cariou version. Of course, comparing the cast recording to a live performance is problematic, but we work with what we have.