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But... it's... but... WHAT???

Sweeney Todd Too Gory? Studio wants Burton's macabre musical toned down. (Spoilers if you don't know the show. Will probably apply to any comments here too.)

Like tzikeh, from whom I gakked the link, I'm pretty much stuck at "WHAT?"

Boggling isn't even the word. Boggling is insufficient.

Did anyone even look at what they were greenlighting? And give three seconds' thought to how that would necessarily have to translate from theatrical convention?




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Aug. 29th, 2007 11:37 am (UTC)
Not the first time they thought "Oh, famous name! Ooops, I'm scared to do this thing, we'll get in trouble." They green-lit League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and then were terrified of the actual story, so they gutted it.
Aug. 29th, 2007 11:47 am (UTC)
Definition of insanity, etc. etc...
Aug. 29th, 2007 11:43 am (UTC)
Is there a verb to describe what happens when your brain goes "huh zuh wha da ba wurble wurble sclup"? That sounds almost as bad as editing the regicide out of Macbeth.

I dunno. Maybe the filmmakers could try for subtle - though with today's audiences, and today's studios, that would probably mean hitting the audience over the head with a baseball bat instead of a sledgehammer.
Aug. 29th, 2007 11:44 am (UTC)
Is there a verb to describe what happens when your brain goes "huh zuh wha da ba wurble wurble sclup"?

Not that I can think of. But then my brain is busy doing it right now, so maybe I just can't recall it...
Aug. 29th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
editing the regicide out of Macbeth

That would make for a very short play.
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Aug. 29th, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
Sweeney. Frelling. TODD.

:: passes the Excedrin ::
Aug. 29th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)
*takes a couple and passes the bottle back*

Aug. 29th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
My brain, it is BROKEN.
Aug. 29th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
Dude. WTF?
Aug. 29th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
I heard about this a few days ago. I have to wonder why people thought that a) the musical itself wouldn't be too gory, and b) how it wouldn't be too gory with Tim Burton directing.

They got a fabulous cast, though, so it's a shame that I absolutely cannot watch stuff with a lot of gore.
Aug. 29th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
Well, musicals are fluffy and family-friendly by definition, didn't you know? Except for the part where Sondheim set out specifically to revise that definition. Y'know, thirty years ago.

Freely. Flows. The. BLOOD. Of. Those. Who. Moralize.

Aug. 29th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC)
>"Did anyone even look</i> at what they were greenlighting?</i>"

Of course not. Studio Executive Thought Process: "Established Property + Big Names = Big Profits. No need to research!"

Though how even studio executives could not compute Sweeney Todd + Tim Burton = Abundant Blood, I dunno...
Aug. 29th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
And even if they didn't know what it is (which, to be fair, some people don't, even in the industry), what exactly did they think the subtitle "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" referred to?

I comfort myself with the thought that if I'm still capable of being completely poleaxed by this sort of thing, I must not be completely cynical yet. %-}
Aug. 29th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
I have revised my opinion of the studio executive thought process in this case. I bet what they were really thinking was: "Burton + Depp = Edward Scissorhands." They were probably blown away to discover that the demon barber is, well, you know, Jack instead of Nick. ;-)
Aug. 29th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I find this completely and utterly plausible. *sigh*
Aug. 29th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
It's Sweeney Todd! Helloooooooooo?

Aug. 29th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
When I first heard that someone was doing Sweeney Todd and then heard that Tim Burton was directing, I thought, "Cool!" Then I thought, "Instant R rating for extreme gore and cannibalism." With Burton, he is the sort that could push the limits to NC-17 if he tried.

I want to see it. I want to see what the studio saw, actually. I sincerely hope they don't totally butcher (no pun intended) the story.

If they leave it alone they still stand a chance of making tons of cash.
Aug. 29th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
*nods* As tzikeh pointed out, kids have no business seeing it regardless, and teens will find a way to get in if it's R. (Heck, nobody batted an eye at me buying tickets to R movies when I was 15 and looked about 12.)

They would so be shooting themselves in the foot trying to get that magic PG-13. Someone needs to whack them over the head and explain that they need to be basing their marketing model on From Hell, not Chicago.
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Aug. 30th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that just multiplies the WTF factor. But seriously, anyone taking that thing from stage to screen, that's the first reality that's going to whack them in the face: It's simply not going to be possible to translate it to film without making the corn syrup manufacturers very, very happy.
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