Tim Burton suspects his Disney days are behind him: ‘I needed to escape’
The director of the film “Snow White and the Huntsman” seems to agree.
“I did think about it, but I wanted to do something different,” says Burton, 35, in an interview with TheWrap. He says he doesn’t have the patience to write “a script that gets into my head.” (A script is a key part of filmmaking. A screenplay is made up of dialogue, characters, and situations, among other things.)
Instead he’s focused on the characters’ stories. “I wanted to explore with her (Emilie de Ravin) in that particular way, and explore with the Huntsman what it is he wants,” he says. “When I started writing, it was very easy to write the story of Snow White. As my imagination grew I thought: Well, that’s not the story. We need to turn her into a human being with a history. This is Snow White, but she has a secret that sets her up for good in the world. I can tell that story.”
Is it easy to write a character from scratch?
“I found it easier,” he says. “It’s my first time so I find it a little more easy to get into the character’s head and find out what’s true of the character and what’s not.”
“Snow White and the Huntsman” is based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. It’s a love story between a young woman (Emilie de Ravin) who runs away from a marriage gone bad and a Huntsman (Robert Pattinson) who is a prince. His father wants more heirs and he knows he will never be loved as a baby, so he hunts. When the queen wants to take him away, he tricks and seduces her with a magic mirror, causing her to fall in love with him.
“I think the original story in the Brothers Grimm was very dark,” Burton says. “It was the story of a woman going through a lot of terrible things and I wanted the audience to have a good feeling for that woman. I wanted the audience to know