I don't know how reliable this source is but word is making the rounds that it's no longer Sam Mendes on the long-gestating film adaptation of one of Stephen Sondheim's most legendary musicals Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. It's now Tim Burton. Sweeney Todd will be played by none other than Burton's longtime muse Edward Scissorhands/Ed Wood/Willy Wonka himself, Johnny Depp. I don't know whether to be delighted or terrified. I love the Burton & Depp combo and they definitely have their stylistics and goth going on...but Sweeney Todd works better (I think) as near-horror rather than as dark whimsy (though it certainly has hilarious moments). And can Depp sing? The Sweeney Todd score is very challenging. And does this mean that Helena Bonham Carter will be Mrs Lovett?
If you don't know what the hell I'm talking about you should...
a) Buy the Sweeney Todd revival CD or the Original Cast recording on CD ~ it's one of the greatest musicals of all time. Learn it. Love it.
b) See the Sweeney Todd revival on Broadway. It's truly jaw-dropping and has been named "Best of the Year" by myself, Modern Fabulousity and at least seven other tiny media outlets you may have heard of too called The New York Post, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Time Out New York, Newsday, New York Magazine, and USA Today. Yes the show is that good.
c) Read my earlier post about Sondheim's birthday celebration comments regarding the film and a possible lead actor. Also read my gushy review.