Matthew Bourne developing Edward Scissorhands as a dance piece

BY Advocate.com Editors

November 12 2003 12:00 AM ET

Out director-choreographer Matthew Bourne (Swan Lake, The Car Man) is turning Tim Burton's 1990 film Edward Scissorhands into a stage work, according to Playbill.com. The piece has been in development for several years, and Bourne is aiming for a 2005 opening in the United Kingdom; he is working with the film's screenwriter, Caroline Thompson, and composer, Danny Elfman, on the show, which is being developed by Bourne's company, New Adventures. Edward Scissorhands tells the story of a young man whose inventor dies, leaving him with scissors instead of hands. Edward is taken in by an Avon lady but is misunderstood by the world at large. The stage version will be a dance piece in the vein of Bourne's Swan Lake rather than a full-blown musical. No producers have yet been attached.

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