LOS ANGELES: Michael Paull, president of Disney Streaming, currently announced formidable programs for an animated sequence primarily based on Sweeney Todd, the 1979 musical about a murderous barber by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. An initial get of 10 episodes, to be helmed by Owl Dwelling and Gravity Falls creator Dana Terrace, is aimed for a February 2023 release on Disney+.
“The resurgence of musicals on film and streaming platforms designed this an clear choice,” reported Paull in a assertion. “And with the continuing reputation of horror, the show’s creators designed the pitch that the combine of songs, social commentary, and arterial spray that characterizes Sweeney Todd can make it an suitable mixture for today’s audiences.”
Information were being mostly below wraps, but original reports suggest that every of the 10 episodes will abide by a various character as a result of the squalor and hypocrisy of Victorian London, culminating with their grotesque execution by razor in the barber chair of the title character, and their subsequent baking into a meat pie by Mrs. Lovett. The frozen-foods large Stouffer’s has signed on to offer restricted-edition one-serving treats, “Lovett’s Savories,” keyed to the series’ figures and themes.
However Sondheim’s primary rating will not be applied in the series, it will be the basis of new tunes by a rotating secure of songwriters, including Expensive Evan Hansen’s Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Waitress’s Sara Bareilles, and Arrive From Away’s David Hein and Irene Sankoff.
“I have been influenced by the work of Stephen Sondheim during my job as a storyteller,” claimed lead animator Dana Terrace in a assertion. “I am so honored to be able to have on his legacy via this new animated series, which will not shy away from the darkest truths of human suffering and depravity, but as an alternative form them into bite-sized 23-minute ‘snacks’ you can stream on any system.”
Sources close to the enterprise notify us that before his demise previous slide, Sondheim was in talks with Disney+ about a wide range of projects, like a aggressive truth display centered on Assassins and a Muppets adaptation of Passion.
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