American Beauty director Sam Mendes is the latest director to be linked to the upcoming film adaptation of SWEENEY TODD.

Mendes, who recently married movie beauty Kate Winslet, is composer Stephen Sondheim's first choice to take on the project after it was abandoned by Tim Burton a few years ago.

Sondheim is reported to be in early negotiations with THE ROAD TO PERDITION film-maker to bring the hit musical to the screen. Steven Spielberg's studio Dreamworks, which financed both Mendes' films, is developing the piece.

18/07/2003 20:03