Tim Burton says he probably won’t work for Disney anymore


Tim Burton talks about his previous working relationship with Disney, saying he’s unlikely to return to the company as a director in the future.

The filmmaker attended the Lumière Festival in France this weekend, where he received the honorary Prix Lumière award. He spoke at a press conference on Saturday where he compared working for the company to the character of Dumbo trapped in “this horrible big circus”.

“It has become very homogeneous, very consolidated. There’s less room for different types of things,” Burton said, according to Deadline.

Burton noted that Disney is now largely focused on its flagship franchises primarily in the Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universes and its potential involvement in the MCU in the future, he said. the chances were slim.

“I can only deal with one universe, I can’t deal with a multi-universe,” he said.

Burton last collaborated with Disney on the live-action reimagining of “Dumbo” in 2019. The “Beetlejuice” director first worked for the Mouse House as a junior animator for films like “The Fox and the Hound” in 1981. He went on to make films like “A Nightmare Before Christmas” (via Touchstone) in 1993, “James and the Giant Peach” in 1996, “Frankenweenie” in 2012 and “Alice in Wonderland” in 2010 (as well as the sequel to 2016) among other titles. .

“I was hired and fired many times throughout my career there,” he added. “The thing about ‘Dumbo’ is why I think my days with Disney are over, I realized that I was Dumbo, that I worked in this horrible big circus and that I needed to escape This film is quite autobiographical on some level.

The director’s next project, the Addams Family spin-off series “Wednesday” for Netflix, is due out November 23.