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Edward Scissorhands Was Supposed To Be A Musical?! Get The Singing Scoop On The Film's 25th Anniversary!

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Man, this would have been SO different!

Edward Scissorhands, the movie that first paired Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, was dropped in theaters exactly 25 years ago today.

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To celebrate the anniversary, screenwriter Caroline Thompson sat down with Variety and revealed some REALLY interesting facts about Burton's classic!

Most innerestingly, Caroline revealed that the film was meant to be a musical — there were even songs! She said:

"So in my original treatment, there were actual musical interludes, including lyrics. One of the songs was called I Can't Handle It. It became a straight-up movie instead, and I think it's better served for that."

We can't even imagine what that would have been like! Well, somewhat like A Nightmare Before Christmas we guess…

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Thompson also explained the origin of the unusual protagonist:

"One night over drinks, Tim told me about this drawing he'd made in high school of a character who had scissors for hands, and I instantly knew what to do with that image. So I wrote a 70 page treatment in about three weeks and gave it to him. And that's basically the movie we ended up with."

Edward may have been Burton's design, but the screenwriter had a very different muse:

"Edward's character was based on my dog. People love their dogs, so just think of him as the best dog you ever had!"

Now that we think about it, Depp did look pretty mangy… LOLz!

Do you think Edward Scissorhands would have been as successful if it was a musical?

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