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October 13, 2007

Garth Franklin of reports the up-coming Tim Burton movie-musical adaptation of Sweeney Todd will receive an MPAA R-rating due to the amount of violence and gore in the film.

“Word was that Sweeney Todd, Tim Burton’s film version of the Stephen Sondheim musical about a barber who slashes throats and his cohort who bakes their remains into pies, had a lot of violence and gore. So, talk began that it was to be cut down to a PG-13 by executives hoping to cash in on Johnny Depp’s bankability with the teen crowd,” states the website, “The good news is the cuts aren’t being made, the MPAA has passed the film with an R-rating for ‘graphic bloody violence’ which sounds like Burton’s vision is remaining intact.”

While riskier parts of Burton’s film may remain intact, speculators say this may also make it more difficult for underage musical theatre- and Depp-fans alike to buy tickets.

Sweeney Todd will go into a limited domestic release on December 21, 2007, and open in wide release in the US on January 11, 2008. Sweeney Todd, a co-production between DreamWorks and Warner Bros., marks the 6th collaboration between the Depp and Burton. Production began on February 5th, 2007.

The film stars Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd with Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett, Alan Rickman as Judge Turpin, Jayne Wisener as Johanna and Sacha Baran Cohen as Pirelli, as well as Jamie Bower as Anthony, Ed Sanders as Tobias, Timothy Spall as Beadle Bamford, Laura Michelle Kelly as the Beggar Woman, with Christopher Lee, Michael N. Harbour, Peter Bowles, Anthony Head and Ian Burford.

Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald partner with Richard Zanuck and John Logan to produce the screenplay adaptation which is written by Logan (The Aviator, Gladiator). Paramount will distribute for DreamWorks domestically and Warner Bros. internationally.

The story of Sweeney Todd is of a wrongfully imprisoned barber in Victorian England who sets out to seek revenge on the judge who imprisoned him. He is helped by Mrs. Lovett, who bakes Sweeney’s victims into “the worst pies in London.”

The Broadway production of Sweeney Todd, with Stephen Sondheim’s music and lyrics and a book by Hugh Wheeler based on the play by Christopher Bond, opened in 1979 and won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. “Its mix of the comic, the dramatic and the macabre held together by Sondheim’s movie-like score has had hundreds of productions throughout the world,” according to press notes. John Doyle’s highly acclaimed revival (for which he won a Tony) recently played the Eugene O’Neill Theatre; Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone starred.

  • Oct 13Nostalgia says:  

    Does anyone know what will be the age-restriction in the Netherlands when rated R? 16 years or something?

  • Oct 14Gemma says:  

    Im 14 & from the uk… does anyone know the age restriction in the uk ? i really wanna see this movie!

  • Oct 14LizzieBeth says:  


    that means i cant watch it im only so young so unfortunatly i cant c it and i was really looking forward to it o well mayb i acn like sneak in hmm i wonder jk ya i could always beg my older cousins whatever i still love ui johnny

    im such a pathitic fan girl ya me!

  • Oct 17vicki says:  

    awsome to hear about another johnny\tim project cant wait!!

  • Oct 17rebecca says:  

    i love johnny depp and i cant wait for the movie,and i will take my 13 year old daughter with me and i also hope that in the future they make pirates #4 movie!!!i love you johnny!

  • Oct 23brenda angeles says:  

    johnny depp no speck english

    eres lo maximo cada noche me pongo a soñar contigo yo te quiero conocer soy mexicana soy tu gran fan de mexico y porsupuesto fan numero 1 . yo por ti estoy aprendiendo ingles pero en una escuela de paga se llama harmon hall yo tengo 14 años y sabes que quiero ser actriz de hollywood a ver si cuando llegue a ser famosa me gustaria actuar contigo estoy haciendo una historia y en esa historia habla sobre ti y de mi sobre las ilusiones de amor y sabes que aqui en mexico todos te adoran no es maravilloso .

  • Oct 23brenda angeles says:  

    !hi! johnny depp I am: brenda angeles
    johnny eres lo maximo ! !i love you! no sabes como me muero por ti te quiero conocer ha yo quiero ser tu novia yo todas las noches lloro por ti. me gustaria platicar contigo por computadora se podra?

  • Oct 25Vanda says:  

    How are you?
    I was watching Benny and Joon film.
    (When going to Hungary ?):)
    (back write please!:)

  • Oct 30brenda angeles says:  


  • Nov 08tempress says:  

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    dang when u c him u just cant keep your eyes off……

  • Sep 21aylen says:  

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