At the tour launch at the Sydney Opera House on January 29th, 2008, Bourne said that he had wanted to adapt Burton's cult classic since the early 1990s, when he emerged as Britain's most exciting new choreographer.
However, it took nearly a decade to obtain the rights and get Tim Burton, co-writer Caroline Thompson, composer Danny Elfman, and 20th Century-Fox to permit the ballet adaptation.
"I think if I'd asked them for permission to make a TV series or a theme park ride, they would have said no," Bourne said.
"But what intrigued them was the peculiar form of theater I do, which is storytelling without words."After eight years of waiting, the show was allowed.
"Although they are not obviously actual blades, they move quite fast and you could get injured by them," he said.
"We've had nothing major happen, but the blades do break sometimes or they snap off."
“In a way Edward Scissorhands is Tim Burton,” Bourne observed. Bourne got the mother of Helena Bonham Carter to persuade the director into seeing one of his productions.
Bourne recalled: “He spent an hour with the company and tried on the hands. He wrote to me afterwards and said he was ‘teetering on the edge of tears all the way through it, mate’.”
The Australian tour of the ballet will commence at His Majesty’s Theatre from July 1 to 6.
You can see a video preview of the Sydney show here.