Tim Burton Reveals If He Will Ever Work With Johnny Depp Again

Tim Burton will work with Johnny Depp if an appropriate project comes up, despite his legal difficulties.

By Chad Langen | Published

Tim Burton has collaborated with Johnny Depp on a slew of pictures over the years, with 1990’s Edward Scissorhands marking the duo’s first project together. According to ComicBook.com, the ongoing legal drama between the actor and his ex-wife Amber Heard wouldn’t prevent Burton from working with Depp in the future if the right feature came along. The acclaimed director recently talked to Reuters regarding his former collaborator stating that he works with people on a “one at a time” basis.

While attending the Lucca Comics and Games festival in Italy to promote his new Netflix series Wednesday, which is a new entry in The Addams Family franchise and centers on the title character, Tim Burton discussed his approach to projects and how actors like Johnny Depp factor in. He said, “I think with anybody, you just, I never work with anybody even with my friends, it’s not like a party so I always would like to try it with him or anybody to kind of go; what is the part?”

Tim Burton, who has directed Johnny Depp in such films as Ed Wood, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hollow, and Alice in Wonderland, commented on the legal battle between the 59-year-old actor and Aquaman star Amber Heard all the way back in 2017. While speaking with The Daily Beast, he asserted that when it comes to seeing his friends being cast in a negative light via the press, he takes it “with a grain of salt” and affirmed that “everything ends up working itself out.”

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Dark Shadows

It’s been over a decade since Tim Burton and Johnny Depp collaborated on Dark Shadows, which is a horror comedy that centers around an imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, who is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. Although the film received mostly negative reviews, with a critical score of 35% from 261 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, it earned close to $250 million at the global box office. The movie also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, and Jackie Earle Haley.

Currently, Tim Burton is making the press rounds to promote his forthcoming Netflix spin-off series Wednesday, which is set to hit the streaming platform November 23. The project will star Jenny Ortega as the title character during her years as a student at Nevermore Academy. Earlier this year, there were rumors that Johnny Depp could be appearing on the show, but nothing has been confirmed on that front.

In addition to Wednesday, Tim Burton is currently hard at work developing the long-awaited sequel to Beetlejuice. Johnny Depp, on the other hand, has been so busy wrapped up in his legal battle with Amber Heard, that his career as an actor seems to have taken a backseat. The only project the Pirates of the Caribbean star has in the pipeline is the biographical drama Jeanne du Barry, which is currently without a release date.

Considering Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have consistently delivered hit films anytime they’ve teamed up, we’re hoping they’re able to reunite sooner rather than later. Although Depp won a near-total victory back in June in his legal battle with Amber Heard, he’s taking her back to court to avoid paying the $2 million she was awarded in his countersuit against her. Until things are settled on that front, another collaboration between Burton and Depp is extremely unlikely.