Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker
Plot: An ambitious but troubled movie director tries his best to fulfill his dream, despite his lack of support. The film concerns the period in Wood's life when he made his best-known films as well as his relationship with actor Bela Lugosi
One day Kathy Wood, the wife of Edward D. Wood Jr., visited the set and asked to meet Johnny Depp. That day they were filming a scene where Wood would look really messed up, which made Burton nervous for what Kathy would think of the movie. When Depp exited his trailer she said, "That's my Eddie."
This film cost more to produce than all of Edward D. Wood Jr.'s films put together.
Initially, Bela Lugosi Jr. didn't want to see the film because he thought it wouldn't portray his father correctly, but upon further persuasion he saw the film, and agreed that Martin Landau honored his father in the performance. The two later became friends.
Tim Burton said that he was drawn to the story because of the similarities between Edward D. Wood Jr.'s relationship with Bela Lugosi and his own friendship with Vincent Price late in the actor's life.
Bela Lugosi Jr.'s only objection to the film's portrayal of his father was his speech. In Lugosi's memory, his father never used foul language.
During the bar scene with Wood, Orson Welles (Vincent D'Onofrio) complains that Universal Pictures wanted him to make a film with Charlton Heston cast as a Mexican, a reference to Touch of Evil (1958).
Martin Landau's face had to be painted unnaturally white in order for the black-and-white film stock to record it properly.
Dolores Fuller has disputed her depiction in the movie, recalling how she helped raise money for Glen or Glenda (1953) and helped pick out Ed's wardrobe for the movie, which included some of her own clothes. Fuller also states that her leaving Wood was not for the reasons given in the film, but because of his alcoholism, which was not depicted.
Johnny Depp has said that his characterization of Edward D. Wood Jr. was a mixture of "the blind optimism of Ronald Reagan, the enthusiasm of the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Casey Kasem."
George 'The Animal' Steele was given heavy shoes with extra weight to help recreate the lumbering walk of the real Tor Johnson.
Conrad Brooks, one of Edward D. Wood Jr.'s regulars as an actor, is both a character (portrayed by Brent Hinkley) and an actor (playing the bartender in the scene where Wood meets Orson Welles).
In the final shot of the epilogue with Criswell in the haunted house, before he retreats into the coffin, he says, "My friends, you have seen these incidents based on sworn testimony. Can you prove that it didn't happen?". These are the real Criswell's closing remarks from Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959). The film was originally supposed to end with Criswell delivering these lines, but his speech was muted when the filmmakers decided to add the epilogue.
Korla Pandit, who plays the Indian keyboard player, was a real-life local Los Angeles TV star in the early 1950s. His show, "A Musical Evening With Korla Pandit", aired on station KTLA in Los Angeles, and consisted of Pandit gazing into the camera while playing the Hammond organ. He never spoke nor smiled. Audiences found this highly intriguing, and the show was a major hit.
The closing scenes in which Plan 9 is screened, the actual opening credits to Plan 9 appear, as does the original audio.
Gregory Walcott who appeared in Edward D. Wood Jr.'s original film Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), plays the potential backer who introduces Wood (Johnny Depp) to Vampira.