MENDES WANTS TO DIRECT SWEENEY TODD
American Beauty director Sam Mendes wants to direct Sweeney Todd. Early talks are under way to set the Stephen Sondheim musical with Mendes at DreamWorks, where Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce.
Variety says Mendes and DreamWorks' Parkes wooed Sondheim in Chicago when he was prepping his musical 'Bounce.' But Mendes has been working out a take with the composer as he was preparing to direct the Broadway revival of Sondheim's 'Gypsy.'
Though films have been made of such Sondheim musicals 'West Side Story,' 'Gypsy' and 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,' Sondheim has been protective about Sweeney Todd since the Tim Burton project fell apart at Warner Bros. several years ago.
Courtesy of Coming Soon