Wednesday, December 05, 2007

'Sweeney Todd' scrap poster over Big Ben

The poster campaign for Jonny Depp's new movie Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street has been scrapped due to a mistake over a picture of Big Ben.

The promotional poster for the musical adaptation features Depp sat in an attic skylight, with Big Ben pictured outside the glass roof.

Fans complained about the picture, pointing out that Sweeney Todd was based in the early 19th century, half a century before Big Ben was built.

Producers are planning to release a new poster campaign before the movie is released next month.

The Tim Burton-directed film will also star Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Source: Digital Spy

10 comments:

Steve said...

Doh!

Michael G Clark said...

No American's would notice and most people in UK never look up, so wouldn't notice either.

Perhaps they should have put the London eye in instead.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I'd of assumed that St Paul's would have been a better choice. It does say on WIKI that "The sound has been featured in plays such as Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd, first heard as the title character arrives back into a London port and recurring throughout the piece, helping to maintain a sense of location." and yet indeed Big Ben was cast on 10 April 1856 in Stockton-on-Tees by Warner's of Cripplegate.The clock mechanism itself was completed by 1854, but the tower was not fully constructed until four years later in 1858. But According to the tale, Todd was tried at the Old Bailey and hanged at Tyburn in January 1802, in front of a large crowd.

Jim said...

ha, nice!
A friend of mine caught an early screening last week and absolutely loved the film! She's a huge fan of the play and was giddy for days after. I'm looking forward to it.... hopefully Tim Burton is back in his game!

Moonwatcher said...

I've read this is a superb film.
I don't think most people would realize that Big Ben wasn't built then.

I. N. J. Culbard said...

I bet someone in post is working late erasing Big Ben out of any skyline shots it might appear in.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I wondered that, they make no mention if Big Ben is actually in the film or you can hear the bell on the soundtrack !! Maybe Jim's friend can shed some light on this ?!

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Well, when I saw the poster I thought, so he's the demon barber of Westminster now is he?

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Yeah, he's in a very unusual place if he's meant to be in Fleet Street in that picture.

Joshua said...

Yes... with Fleet Street A mile and a half from the houses of parliament that view would be quite impossible. I figure for an unobstructed view like that (of a yet to be constructed tower) he'd have to be the demon barber of Horse Guard's Ave or Richmond Terrace... possiblt the TARDIS to accomplish the time travel necessary.