Johnny Depp is also a producer on both DARK SHADOWS and THE LONE RANGER. Depp bought the movie rights to DS and it was always his dream to play Barnabas Collins. He also has a stake in TLR and he was one of the driving forces behind the big budget. He is three years younger than I am and he grew up with these properties just like I did. I don't know why he is so determined to twist them into an ill-conceived mess that has no resemblance to the TV shows they are based on, but he has just as much to blame for these atrocities as anyone.
I have no doubt Depp wanted to play the Barnabas Collins he grew up with, or a "respectful" Tonto, it's just the company his desire for "Quirkiness" started keeping--What happened in either case wasn't really his fault, although he didn't (or, at that salary range, couldn't) do much to stop it, and with part of his money in the production, he couldn't demand his name off the credits without a good reason or a lot of bad press.
There were some early teaser posters showing Depp as a very classic 60's-Hammerish Collins, but that wasn't the movie Tim Burton set out to make: Burton had been trying to get the rights to his stop-motion version of The Addams Family, and when rights on that one disappeared, all of a sudden appeared the Dark Shadows poster of the Collinses striking Chas. Addams' "My Family" pose. Hmm.
As for TLR, the minute Disney announced "We've got Bruckheimer and the Pirates crew doing the Lone Ranger!" the casting announced itself. For a while people wondered whether Tim Burton would doing it just because Depp was in it, but no, we had to have the Pirates director do it, because, well, that's what it just IS!
And in both cases, that's what it was: A movie convinced it was something it was not.
Edited by Ejanss, July 06 2013 - 03:50 PM.