MTV: It sounds like you’ll be shooting “Dark Shadows” with Johnny [Depp] soon?
Burton: Yeah, I’m working on the script, and, you know, it’s been kind of a long time coming, but I think I’m getting a script that I like. I don’t really like talking because I’m not really sure what’s happening yet but I’m excited about it. I think, yes, finally for me, it’s getting to be the right tone.
MTV: Have you and Johnny talked specifically about his take on Barnabas?
Burton: Yeah, we’ve been talking about it. I mean, He’s finishing up another movie, but we’ve had a couple of really good meetings. Yeah, you know, I’m excited.
MTV: Have you started shooting “Frankenweenie”?
Burton: We just started a couple of shots. It’s good. We’ve got a pretty low budget, but I’m excited about it. We’ve got a couple of shots that are done. Yeah, it’s just starting. It’s great.
MTV: Is it exciting to revisit that story?
Burton: We’re changing it a little bit. I wouldn’t do it if it felt like it was just doing the same thing. For me, it’s about trying to go back to the original drawings and kind of capture that spirit a little bit more of what the drawings are. It feels different even though it’s a similar story, but we’re kind of expanding it a bit.
MTV: You’re also working on “The Addams Family”?
Burton: Yeah, I’ve always been a big fan of the drawings, the key thing with that is to capture the spirit of the original artwork.
MTV: And that will be in black and white?
Burton: Yeah, that’s the goal… to just capture what he did.
MTV: I spoke to Angelina Jolie recently, and she said she’s a huge fan of yours and is anxious to make “Maleficent” with you.
Burton: I’d love to work with her. We’re working on a script for that. It’s hard to know when that script will be ready. But I’m a huge fan, I’d love to work with her — so, yeah, that would be a good one.
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