It’s odd to think that Sleepy Hollow writer Andrew Kevin Walker

first wrote the script back in 1993 as a low-budget slasher given

Tim Burton’s artistic tastes and long history as Hollywood’s favorite mainstream outsider.

Naturally, when Burton joined the team,

the film was given a whole new degree of awareness

and Johnny Depp was inevitably cast in the starring role

The pressure was on for the creative BFFs to deliver the goods on both a critical and commercial

level because the film now had a $70 million price tag.

That’s exactly what they did, and Sleepy Hollow became Burton’s highest-grossing non-Batman