In a conversation at the Lumière Festival, where he was this year’s recipient of the Prix Lumière, Tim Burton spoke about his future in the industry and emphasized that it would probably not involve working with Disney (via Deadline).
Burton began by noting that the film industry has become “very homogenized, very consolidated,” leaving minimal room for creative or unique projects that didn’t fit into an existing brand or franchise. He added that he would never do a Marvel movie, saying that the concept of a multiverse not something he wanted to tackle. Then he revealed his true feelings about working for Disney and his experience directing “Dumbo.”
“My history is that I started out there [Disney]. I was hired and fired like several times throughout my career there. The thing about ‘Dumbo,’ is that’s why I think my days with Disney are done, I realized that I was Dumbo, that I was working in this horrible big circus and I needed to escape. That movie is quite autobiographical at a certain level,” Burton said.
That’s not to say Burton won’t work with major studios or IP anymore; he just created the Netflix series “Wednesday,” based on the titular daughter from “The Addams Family.”