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Believe It Or Not, Studio Puts Breaks On Burton Flick

Tim BurtonWith a soaring budget and script changes still to be hammered out, Paramount Pictures sends the Tim Burton and Jim Carrey film "Believe It Or Not" (the Ripley story) back to "development," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Instead, Paramount's DreamWorks has put "Sweeney Todd" on the fast track with Burton taking the helm. Apparently, he's already talking to his pal Johnny Depp for the lead role as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street in this John Logan ("The Aviator" and "The Last Samurai") adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical.

This is the second Carrey project to fall apart in just a few weeks. Last month, 20th Century Fox halted preproduction on Jay Roach's "Used Guys" which would have reunited Carrey with Ben Stiller.

Paramount executives insist that "Believe" will go forward in another year with Burton and Carrey. It'll just happen "later than originally planned."

That sounds like we'll be waiting a long time Ripley's adventures on the big screen. Ah well. Another Burton/Depp film instead? That'll do. -- Shannon Nolley

Posted by Shannon on June 13, 2006 9:03 PM
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