Director Tim Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows’ Begins Production

Posted Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 11:01 am GMT -4 by

Filming begins this week on director Tim Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows’, which brings the cult classic television series to the big screen.

The film’s all-star ensemble cast includes Johnny Depp (‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ films), Michelle Pfeiffer (‘Stardust’), Helena Bonham Carter (‘Harry Potter’ films, ‘Alice In Wonderland’), Eva Green (‘Casino Royale’, ‘The Golden Compass’), Jackie Earle Haley (‘Watchmen’, ‘Human Target’), Jonny Lee Miller (‘Aeon Flux’,’Dexter’), Bella Heathcote (‘Neighbours’), Chloe Moretz (‘Kick-Ass’), and newcomer Gulliver McGrath.

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.

‘Dark Shadows’ is being filmed entirely in England, both at Pinewood Studios and on location. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on May 11, 2012.

  • duane gibson

    I’ve been waiting years for this. As a fan since 1966 and throughout the shows run, and the remake that was cruelly cancelled just when it was really going, I look forward to one of my favorite as well as best actors to play Barnabas Collins. I guess I am a purest and worry about how it will turn out, but to be honest, it doesn’t matter. It’s being done!! yippeee!!!

  • DRL

    Just my opinion. Purists are going to be disappointed. But Burton will definitely make a spectacle out of it (see: Willy Wonka).