ROME — Tim Burton will receive the Golden Lion for career achievement from the Venice Intl. Film Festival, which will also honor the inventive Burbank-born helmer with a Tim Burton Day.
Burton, who last docked at the Lido with the 2005 world bow of "Corpse Bride," will be celebrated on Sept. 5 at the Palazzo del Cinema with several special events that may include a sneak peak at his "Sweeney Todd" adaptation, now in production.
The Warner Bros./DreamWorks movie version of the Stephen Sondheim musical, toplining Johnny Depp, has been plagued by production delays.
Burton's other pics include "Edward Scissorhands," "Beetlejuice," "Batman" and "Mars Attacks!" A stage adaptation of "Scissorhands" is playing in Gotham.
"Tim Burton is a genius; the most imaginative director spawned by the new age of cinematic art," said Venice artistic topper Marco Muller in a statement.
Muller also praised Burton, who is 47, for "having a more insolent pop sensitivity than most new directors today and for being less needy of approval than most of the older masters."
The 64th Venice fest will run Aug. 29-September 8.