Just over two months are left until Warner Bros. releases Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows movie in theaters, and yet there’s no trailer (not even a TV spot) in sight. While that will almost undoubtedly change in the near future – assuming there’s no last-minute release date delay – in the meantime, we can offer more production stills from Burton’s adaptation of the strange Gothic 1960s soap opera, starring the filmmaker’s BFF (and bankable go-to leading man) Johnny Depp as the centuries-old vampire Barnabas Collins.
You can check out said new Dark Shadows images and stills in the gallery above – along with some of Burton’s conceptual artwork for the film, which is currently being exhibited overseas at the French Cinematheque – or scroll on down for more information (and analysis) of the latest cinematic helping of Burton-and-Depp-flavored madness.
Burton’s Dark Shadows movie was scripted by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and is shaping up to be very much like the cult TV series which inspired it: a bizarre supernatural ensemble piece which mixes melodrama with camp (here, intentionally). The film’s cast includes such familiar faces from the Burton-verse as Michelle Pfeiffer (Batman Returns) and the director’s significant other (Oscar-nominee Helena Bonham Carter), along with fan-favorites like Eva Green (Casino Royale), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), and Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass).
Depp headlines Dark Shadows as Barnabas Collins, an 18th-century playboy who foolishly breaks the heart of the sorceress Angelique Bouchard (Green) and pays for his mistake by being buried alive – after he is turned into a vampire. Barnabas awakens in 1972 to discover “a very changed world” and that his once grand estate has fallen in disrepair, due to the dysfunctional behavior of his descendants.
For a better look at some of the central players in Dark Shadows – along with Burton’s early conceptual sketch for the Barnabas Collins character, as is being featured in the aforementioned Parisian exhibit of his work, have a look through the gallery below:
Smith has previously claimed there is a noticeable “absurdist element” to the operatic proceedings in Dark Shadows but – without having any footage available to illustrate that idea – it’s hard to know exactly what that means, especially since terms like “absurd” are all relative when Burton and Depp are involved. All the same, this flick still (so far) looks and sounds like something the director-actor duo’s hardcore fans should certainly approve of.
Dark Shadows will arrive in theaters around the U.S. on May 11th, 2012.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures, cinevibe.fr [via Comic Book Movie]