Although early in production, the movie “Dark Shadows,” director Tim Burton’s adaptation of the gothic soap opera, has received quite a bit of attention – particularly Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Barnabas Collins.
On Sept. 27, Empire Magazine added to the movie’s buzz when it published two new photos.
The first photo features Johnny Depp, as Barnabas working, with Burton on a scene that looks to be bloody fun. The second provides a look at Burton working with Barnabas’ descendants: Michelle Pfeiffer and Jonny Lee Miller, who play siblings Elizabeth and Roger Collins.
Empire’s set visit also revealed minor details about the production. Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote the adaptation, discussed why the film is set in 1972, as the series ran between 1969 – 1972, marking it as a cultural shift between the hippie movement and the “me-me-me” generation.
Producer Richard Zanuck also confirmed that “Dark Shadows” would not be released as a 3-D film.
Read about Empire’s visit to the “Dark Shadows” set.
While the latest collaboration between Burton and Depp is still months from release, there’s quite a bit of fan excitement surrounding “Dark Shadows.” After all, the TV series still enjoys quite a cult following – Burton and Depp included.
Previously, leaked on-set “Dark Shadows” photos provided candid shots of Depp, in a look loosely inspired by Jonathan Frid’s Barnabas but without all the production finished. Then there was last week’s Entertainment Weekly cast photo.
The official synopsis of “Dark Shadows,” which is but a shadow – a pun to seek one’s teeth into – the TV series and its complex plotlines:
In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive.
Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.
Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.
Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows” stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Bella Heathcote, Jackie Earle Haley, Christopher Lee, Johnny Lee Miller, and Chloë Grace Moretz.
The movies scheduled for theatrical release May 11, 2012.
When the movie is released, Pittsburgh movie-goers can catch the film at the AMC Loews Waterfront 22, with tickets available for online purchase at Fandango, as well as at SouthSide Works Cinema and Waterworks Cinema 10.
Meanwhile, Johnny Depp continues to attract local movie audiences. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” has moved to the Carmike Maxi Saver 12, a dollar theater.
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