Warner Brothers has released a couple of new images of Johnny Depp (it is him I swear) as Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows. Actually in the second pic you can tell it's him, albeit 'Burton-ed' up. He looks like a cross between Jack Skellington, Max Schreck and Jonathan Frid. Spot on, in my opinion is Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard.
Filmed in a remote area of Surrey (standing in for coastal Maine) in England, the script is by first-time Burton collaborator Seth Grahame-Smith (author of the "Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" novels). Based on the Gothic television show from the 60's, Dark Shadows has had big screen adaptations before, as well as an updated tv version in the late 90's with Ben Cross. (It only lasted one season, but I really liked it.)
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Burton's film will be less a remake than a re-imagining. Eva Green will play the witch Angelique. Burton's life partner, baby mommy and frequent collaborator Helena Bonham Carter will appear as Dr. Julia Hoffman.
Here's the official synopis Warner's released back in April:
"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 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 Brouchard. 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, to help with her family troubles."
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Overall, I think Burton looks to be paying homage to the goth classic series, and as someone who used to race home to see the black and white television show after school, I’m really looking forward to it.
The rest of the cast includes Chloe Moretz (Carolyn Stoddard), Gulliver McGrath (David Collins), Bella Heathcote (Victoria Winters), Ray Shirley (Mrs. Johnson), Jackie Earle Haley (Willie Loomis) and Jonny Lee Miller (Roger Collins).
Dark Shadows bows in theaters on May 11.