Doing early press for the black and white, stop-motion animated 3D film Frankenweenie, due out on October 5th, questions for director Tim Burton naturally turned to what he might decide to focus on next. While we will post that portion of the interview on May 9th, I can say that the nearly 30 minutes of footage that we saw was as adorable, twisted and witty as you would expect, and I can’t wait to see the full-length feature.
When asked about whether or not he’s started to think about what his next film will be, Burton said that he’s going to take a break because he thinks it’s embarrassing that he has three movies coming out this year. He also talked about the fact that Seth Grahame-Smith is working on writing Beetlejuice 2, and that he might be interested in getting involved depending on what he thinks of the script, and that Big Eyes is in the works, but that you never know what will be ready to go next. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Question: This is a very busy time for you, with two movies coming out this year that you directed (Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie) and one that you produced (Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter). Have you started to look forward yet?
Tim Burton: No. I think I should [take a break].
Will you have any involvement on Beetlejuice 2?
Burton: Seth [Grahame-Smith] is writing something. I just told him, because it was something where I liked the character, he’d probably have a better response. He has ideas about it, so I just wanted to let him respond to it and see what he comes up with.
Is that something you’d be interested in doing, if you like what he comes up with?
There was a rumor about you possibly doing a Pinocchio movie with Robert Downey, Jr. Is that just a rumor?
Burton: I’m very busy, aren’t I? It’s kind of embarrassing that I have three movies [this year]. I’m sick of me, already. We’ll let these come out, and then I’ll go away and you guys can deal with other people.
Is Big Eyes going to happen?
Burton: Oh, I don’t know. There are a lot of projects in the works. But, when some things are 10 years in the making, you’re not quite sure when it’s happening.