Necro-fancy and the sanctity of deadlock - Tim Burton style

Published: Friday, January 23, 2004 at 11:29 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 23, 2004 at 11:29 a.m.
Following the success of his crowd-pleasing hit Big Fish, Tim Burton is helming another stop-motion animation motion picture, similar in concept to The Nightmare Before Christmas.

The film, titled The Corpse Bride, is based on an Eastern European or Russian folk tale, according to Burton in a recent interview with CNN, and covers the tale of a man who inadvertently marries a dead woman.

The story is based loosely on historical occurrences dating back to the 19th century when animosity between Jews and Anti-Semitic posses was high. The gangs would crash Jewish weddings, killing attendees, and burying the bride while still in her wedding dress. The folklore adds that the bride is resurrected and insists on her new bridegroom's devotion.

Similar to other Burton tales (Beetlejuice, Sleepy Hollow and Edward Scissorhands, with the exception of Big Fish), Burton will deal with death head on where a person's death is not mourned, but rather their life celebrated.

The Corpse Bride will be directed by rookie director Mike Johnson. The production was scheduled to start in November 2003, and will tentatively hit theaters on October 25, 2005, according to Yahoo! Movies.

Next on Burton's queue is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, yet another movie with Johnny Depp. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a remake of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and is based on the Roald Dahl novel of the same title.

For more information:

The Tale of The Corpse Bride:
CNN Interview with Tim Burton:

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