Should Depp and Burton Separate?

Is it time the long-term cinema couple see other people?

Based on an MTV News interview with Tim Burton, New York Magazine recently reported that he and Johnny Depp are "set to team up for the 143rd time," for the film Dark Shadows. An adaptation of the 1960s Gothic soap opera that mingled romance, science fiction, and the supernatural in a cast of ghosts, zombies, and vampires. Depp will play tortured hero Barnabas Collins.

Many director-actor duos have a history of making beautiful movies together -- Scorsese + DiCaprio, Cronenberg + Mortensen -- but the Tim-Johnny combination has become so common it's arguably now expected, a fiendish film franchise of sorts. Depp (along with Helena Bonham Carter) have become part of the Burton picture package. True, this year Depp took a break from his dark roles as ghoulish eccentrics to take on a less macabre man, starring in Michael Mann's Dillinger biopic Public Enemies (a disappointingly clumsy cha cha with history). As of late, JD thankfully seems inclined to branch out beyond Burtonesque nightmares. Perhaps it's just Burton that seems to only have eyes for Depp; after all, JD has had prime parts in the majority of his movies. In fact, Johnny has a full slate of non-Burton films planned for 2010 -- The Rum Diary (Hunter S. Thompson's tale of a self-destructive journalist's Caribbean beat), Rango (an animated self-discovery saga by Pirates director Gore Verbinski), and Sin City 3 -- along with, of course, Dark Shadows and Burton's Alice in Wonderland (Johnny goes Mad Hatter).

That's not to say that the Depp-Burton union hasn't yielded wonderful progeny: Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, and many more. It simply might be nice to see if sparks could fly between TB and other lead actors more often. Say Ben Stiller, Christian Bale, Mickey Rourke, Zooey Deschanel, (maybe not Mark Wahlberg again) -- the options are endless. Audiences might also approve of Burton shaking up his signature spooky style and subject matter some.

I'm not suggesting the cineromance should end. But perhaps Burton and Depp might start seeing other people (at least more than they have been). In any case, I'll hurtle the speculation back at you...

Is it time the long-term cinema couple see other people?

Based on an MTV News interview with Tim Burton, New York Magazine recently reported that he and Johnny Depp are "set to team up for the 143rd time," for the film Dark Shadows. An adaptation of the 1960s Gothic soap opera that mingled romance, science fiction, and the supernatural in a cast of ghosts, zombies, and vampires. Depp will play tortured hero Barnabas Collins.

143rd? I know it seems like they've been collaborating forever, but 143 times? 143 projects? I'd be curious to know how New York Magazine came up with this calculation. Nevertheless...

Many director-actor duos have a history of making beautiful movies together -- Scorsese + DiCaprio, Cronenberg + Mortensen -- but the Tim-Johnny combination has become so common it's arguably now expected, a fiendish film franchise of sorts. Depp (along with Helena Bonham Carter) have become part of the Burton picture package. True, this year Depp took a break from his dark roles as ghoulish eccentrics to take on a less macabre man, starring in Michael Mann's Dillinger biopic Public Enemies (a disappointingly clumsy cha cha with history). As of late, JD thankfully seems inclined to branch out beyond Burtonesque nightmares. Perhaps it's just Burton that seems to only have eyes for Depp; after all, JD has had prime parts in the majority of his movies. In fact, Johnny has a full slate of non-Burton films planned for 2010 -- The Rum Diary (Hunter S. Thompson's tale of a self-destructive journalist's Caribbean beat), Rango (an animated self-discovery saga by Pirates director Gore Verbinski), and Sin City 3 -- along with, of course, Dark Shadows and Burton's Alice in Wonderland (Johnny goes Mad Hatter).

That's not to say that the Depp-Burton union hasn't yielded wonderful progeny: Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, and many more. It simply might be nice to see if sparks could fly between TB and other lead actors more often. Say Ben Stiller, Christian Bale, Mickey Rourke, Zooey Deschanel, (maybe not Mark Wahlberg again) -- the options are endless. Audiences might also approve of Burton shaking up his signature spooky style and subject matter some.

I'm not suggesting the cineromance should end. But perhaps Burton and Depp might start seeing other people (at least more than they have been). In any case, I'll hurtle the speculation back at you...


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