10. Take an extended break from Tim Burton.
Every great business partnership runs its course—that’s just the way it goes. In the case of Johnny Depp’s long-running camaraderie with eccentric writer-director Tim Burton, the finish line seems about twenty miles behind them.
By our estimation, the Depp/Burton show lost its appeal way back in 1999, when Sleepy Hollow came out, did its thing, and impressed us just enough to let the predictability slide. Twelve years later, though, we can no longer turn the other cheek. Now, the prospect of a new collaboration between these two induces a tryptophan-in-turkey effect. And last year’s overblown and boring Alice In Wonderland was the last straw.
Unsurprisingly, Depp and Burton are already underway with their eighth team-up, a big screen reboot of the late 1960s’ vampires and monsters soap opera Dark Shadows. It’s so obviously the kind of movie we’d expect these guys to make together—dark, gothic, but not so scary that it can’t attract wide audiences.
Before they announce that Depp will play Herman Munster in front of Burton’s camera, we have three words: Stop working together. And that leads us to our next suggestion…