Sweeney Todd Opening in Wide Release December 21st
This is exciting news for some of you who are interested, or maybe for anyone. Featured in our Fall / Winter 2007 Movie Guide, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a Broadway musical adaptation directed by Tim Burton (Batman, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and starring Johnny Depp. The film was initially planned to open in limited release on December 21st with a wider expansion on January 11th (pending how well it does in limited theaters). That decision has now been overruled and Sweeney Todd will be arriving in full wide release across the country on December 21st.
Both myself and Peter from SlashFilm are a little skeptical if this announcement is the result of the report we posted yesterday about the film being cut from R to PG-13. Apparently this official press release from Paramount claims that the film is still aiming for an R rating. The studio is trying to capitalize on the Johnny Depp and Tim Burton fans and do their best to make as much money as possible. A wide release for an R rated film like this in late December will mean it will probably hit a solid 1500 screens, but not a full 3000 screen opening (like Spider-Man 3 or Shrek 3, for example).
A new version of the poster was discovered as well, which you can see below.