Tim Burton Turns 53, Makes Lots Of Movies To Celebrate
‘Frankenweenie’ and ‘Dark Shadows’ Slated For 2012 Release
The first photo here, which was scanned to digital by DC Comics, shows director Tim Burton on the set of “Batman” in 1989. If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll remember that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is currently featuring a collection of Burton’s art, including props, costumes, and concept art from his most famous movies (running until October 31st, 2011). Last week marked another big milestone for Burton – his 53rd birthday – and it seems that museum-goers aren’t the only people looking at the director’s past works. Burton is currently overseeing post-production on a feature-length, black-and-white stop-motion film called “Frankenweenie,” based on his breakthrough short film of the same title, which he made 27 years ago.
Both films follow a mad-scientist boy as he tries to revive his beloved dead dog. The new film, which will hit theaters in October of next year, features the voice talents of Burton veterans Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, and Martin Landau. Clips shown at Disney’s D23 Expo were delightfully imaginative if somewhat creepy, in classic Burton style.
Known for juggling multiple projects at once, Burton in the middle of helming a Warner Bros. film called “Dark Shadows,” which is currently being filmed at Pinewood Studios, outside London. The film is based on a gothic soap opera that aired on ABC from 1966 to 1971, and which Burton lists as a major influence on his trademark mixture of the whimsical and the macabre. The new film will star Burton favorite Johnny Depp, who has starred in half a dozen of the director’s films since the early 1990s. The second photo here, also scanned to digital, shows Burton and Depp in 1990 on the set of their first collaboration, “Edward Scissorhands.” Also starring in “Dark Shadows” are Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Finally, Burton is also producing the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel entitled “Abe Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.” For Burton fans, it seems there’s a lot in store for the coming year.