Though Johnny Depp and Tim Burton are famously known for collaborating in various quirky-themed movies, the two admitted that they never intentionally aimed to make "weird" films. While some people criticized their latest cinematic collaboration, "Dark Shadows", for being too weird, Depp and Burton defended the film by claiming that their goal was not to spark controversy with their creation.
"I think that we get sparked by challenges," Burton told MTV News about his idea for the soap opera-adapted movie. "Sometimes the challenges might be a bit abstract, like this one. Most people who know 'Dark Shadows' or don't know 'Dark Shadows', really don't care. For me, it was something I was interested in trying. It's always just about the idea."
Agreeing with his long-time best friend, Depp explained that he and the British filmmaker were not motivated by a need to make bizarre pictures. "We never go in thinking, 'How can we make this weirder?' It's never been that kind of thing."
Depp elaborated further about the supernatural comedy film, "How do you display this era of 1972? How do you represent it in the context of this guy coming back after 200 years with resin grapes, plastic fruit and troll dolls, lava lamps, music by The Carpenters." Burton added, "It's just fun to mix up weird elements. You don't really know what's going to happen."
"Dark Shadows" will open wide in the United States on Friday, May 11. The movie marks Depp and Burton's eighth cinematic collaboration. The two had previously teamed up in such quirky movies as "Edward Scissorhands", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "Sweeney Todd" and "Alice in Wonderland".
Aside from Depp, the film about vampire Barnabas Collins is supported by the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Chloe Moretz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earle Haley, Bella Heathcote and Jonny Lee Miller.