Tim Burton Talks ‘Dark Shadows,’ ‘Frankenweenie,’ ‘Maleficent’ And ‘The Addams Family’!

As part of our Thankful Week here at MTV News, we’ve selected the top five folks in entertainment for whom we’re most thankful. Tim Burton is high on our list (check out the story here), due in large part to the overwhelming success of “Alice in Wonderland” and his 20-plus innovative years in the biz. Lucky for us, we chatted with the man himself recently about all things “Alice,” and got a few quick updates on four of his upcoming projects: “Dark Shadows,” “Frankenweenie,” “The Addams Family” and “Maleficent.”

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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