Johnny Depp And Jenna Ortega Joining Together For New Series

Johnny Depp, Jenna Ortega, and more stars will appear in a new docuseries about the work of Tim Burton.

By Britta DeVore | Updated

Johnny Depp and Jenna Ortega may not be two names that you thought you’d see appearing next to one another on a call sheet anytime soon, but Deadline reports that the Cry Baby and Wednesday stars will be teaming up with a slew of other notable names for a docuseries about the master of weird and strange – Tim Burton. Finding itself as one of the hottest titles to arrive at the Cannes Market, what’s now being dubbed as the Untitled Tim Burton Documentary will be a four-part series that will pick apart the legendary filmmaker’s life in front of and behind the camera.

Join the likes of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Jenna Ortega, Winona Ryder, Mia Wasikowska, and Christoph Waltz as they discuss working with the one-of-a-kind director on his most notable films. Also included in the interviews and first-hand accounts will be the incomparable Danny Elfman who has scored more Tim Burton titles than we can count from Pee-wee’s Big Adventure to Beetlejuice to Big Fish.

Essentially, if there’s music in a Burton production, Elfman is the one directing and pulling the strings and, unsurprisingly, Elfman will also pen the documentary’s theme song.

Known for her work behind other telling doc-projects, including Quentin Tarantino QT8: The First Eight and 21 Years: Richard Linklater, Tara Wood will direct and produce the Johnny Depp and Jenna Ortega-fronted production. A sure-to-be sought-after piece for festival buyers, any streamer would be lucky to nab the rights to a comprehensive look into the life of one of the world’s most influential filmmakers.

In a set of notes released to coincide with the series announcement, those behind the unnamed production referred to Tim Burton as a creative who stands with his own unique perspective and style which is “derived from a wealth of art, cinematic, and literary genres.”

While Cannes attendees may be whispering about Johnny Depp’s return to the big screen in Maïwenn’s Jeanne du Barry, which dropped on the festival’s opening night, it’s this latest news that is sure to become the belle of the ball at the festival’s market. Not only will the Pirates of the Caribbean star be the focus of the chatter, but with other names like Jenna Ortega and Christoph Waltz appearing the Tim Burton doc is going to be one of the festival’s standout titles. 

Johnny Depp in Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Of course, audiences will know that Johnny Depp is a frequent collaborator with the esteemed filmmaker, having first begun their professional relationship back in 1990 with Edward Scissorhands. Since then, it seems like the duo have done nothing but work with each other as their creative partnership can be seen in a slew of titles including Corpse Bride, Sleepy Hollow, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Ed Wood – just to name a few. Known for rehiring those who he enjoys working with, Jenna Ortega is the latest star to find herself at the center of Tim Burton’s world.

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Jenna Ortega in Wednesday

While she may not have racked up as many credits alongside the celebrated director as Johnny Depp has, Jenna Ortega recently paired with Tim Burton on the Netflix series, Wednesday. After a killer first season, which led to a Season 2 renewal, the pair was recently revealed to be hard at work together again on what will become Beetlejuice 2 with many of the original cast members including Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder, and Michael Keaton returning. Stay tuned to find out which lucky network or streamer nabs the rights to the untitled Tim Burton docuseries.