‘Dark Shadows’ Score Will Be ‘Wilder’ Than ‘Edward Scissorhands,’ Says Danny Elfman

Although the first photo we saw of Johnny Depp in his “Dark Shadows” garb had us feeling a little skeptical, the second batch of pics that hit the Interwebs last week have us back to being over the moon excited for director Tim Burton’s take on the 1970s vampire soap.

Even better, MTV News managed to get a few more “Shadows” details from Burton’s other frequent movie-related collaborator, composer Danny Elfman, who revealed we can expect something “a little wild.”

“It’s still very early, they’re not even done shooting. I just sent them some stuff so they can play with it while they’re editing,” Elfman told us about his progress on “Shadows” at the premiere of “Real Steel,” the score for which he also composed. “I think it’s just going to be fun. You can tell from Johnny Depp’s hairstyle right off the bat, it’s like, ‘Oh wow, that’s different.’ It’s [set in] the ‘70s, it’s going to be fun.”

With regard to what type of sound Elfman is going for in composing the “Shadows” score, we asked if it will have a pronounced theme, a la his previous work for Burton’s films like “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Edward Scissorhands.”

“I think this will be a little wilder than ’Edward Scissorhands,’ but I don’t know. I really don’t know what to expect until it’s done.”

Elfman also said that he and Burton had discussed the use of a smaller-scale orchestra, but that nothing has been set in stone yet.

“I think we might keep it small. That was Tim’s first thought to make it very small, but having said that maybe we’ll make it big. Things can change between now and then.”

Will Elfman’s “Dark Shadows” score be another classic like “Beetlejuice,” “Nightmare” or “Scissorhands?” Tell us in the comments or on Twitter!