Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd marks the directors unlikely foray into the horror film realm. Burton wanted the movie to have tons of gore as he knew that the theatrical version of the story had plenty of blood. Both Burton and producer Richard Zanuck had misgivings at first but Zanuck relented when he realized that the film had a “Kill Bill kind of stylization.”
Even the studios themselves were hesitated until they all ponied up the $50 million budget.
“The studio was cool about it, ” Burton recalled. “They accepted it because they knew what the show was. Any movie is a risk, but it is nice to be able to do something like that that doesn’t fit into the musical or slasher movie categories.”