‘Dark Shadows’ Begins Filming; Official Synopsis Released

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 9:50 pm,

Johnny Depp will return to theaters in the familiar form of Captain Jack Sparrow this weekend with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Those that prefer their Depp more on the creepy and Gothic side will have to wait until next year, which marks the arrival of his latest team effort with director Tim Burton, Dark Shadows.

Production has officially commenced on the Dark Shadows movie, which is a cinematic adaptation of the cult 1960s supernatural soap opera about vampires, werewolves, witches – and all the emotional baggage those creatures have to deal with.

Here is the official synopsis for Burton’s Dark Shadows from Warner Bros.:

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 Brouchard (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.

Rounding out the Dark Shadows cast are the likes of Chloe Moretz as Matriarch Stoddard’s authority-hating teen daughter, Carolyn; Jackie Earle Haley as the family’s trouble-making caretaker, Willie Loomis; and Bella Heathcote as the Stoddard clan’s put-upon nanny, Victoria Winters.

Tim Burtons Dark Shadows movie Dark Shadows Begins Filming; Official Synopsis Released

At this point, a lot of people have grown weary of Depp and Burton working together; however, there are clearly plenty of moviegoers who still can’t get enough of this particular actor-director duo (see the box office returns for their last several joint efforts for the proof of that). Danny Elfman is also once again working with Depp and Burton on their new darkly kooky cinematic endeavor – which is all the more appropriate, seeing how Elfman’s collective work is often said to be reminiscent of the musical score for the original Dark Shadows TV show.

Dark Shadows was scripted by first-time Burton collaborator Seth Grahame-Smith (author of the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies novels), who appears to have structured the film as more of a character and atmosphere-heavy piece than a plot-driven vehicle. That may not seem like a substantial observation, but Burton is generally at his best as a director when working on the former, rather than the latter (Alice in Wonderland arguably would’ve been better had it gone that route, like the original novel did).

Numerous vampire-related movies are due to hit theaters in the future – and just about every one of them is positioning itself as the anti-Twilight, in the hopes of capitalizing on certain fans’ disgust for how that franchise portrays creatures of the night. Dark Shadows, however, is one such project that actually seems to have more than just that to offer.

Dark Shadows is scheduled for theatrical release on May 11th, 2012.

Source: Warner Bros.

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  1. Eva Green was cast and played the part of Morgan Pendragon in the Starz series Camelot. I think with her portrayal in that show she will make an EXCELLENT Angelique.

  2. Yes!!!! I been waiting for Johnny Depp to play a vampire!!! Dark Shadows was the first soap opera I saw. My mom would watch it.
    To think that they are trying to get rid of soaps is soooo sad:(
    I can’t wait till next May. Almost a whole year to wait….at least something to look forward too. (Johnny help save the soaps!!!)

    • Ilove dark shadows an was priviage to meet the real jonathan frid in person an get pictures with him an personal one signed by him he was the thing in the 60′ S I GREW UP ON DARK SHADOWS AN LOVED IT AN WISH IT WOULD DO A GREA COME BACK AN JOHHNY DEPP IS THE ONE TO DO IT BUT IN MY OPION MICHELLE PIFER WOULD MAKE THE BETTER PART TO PLAY ANGOLEAK THE WITCH SHE IS BLONDE AN ELEZABETH IS DARK HAIR AN MICHELE LOOKS MORE LIKE ANGELEAK TO ME SORRIE FOR MY SPELLING I HOPE U ALL MAKE OUT THE ONES I AM SAYING L.O.L

  3. Watched the original Dark Shadows when I was little. Then a couple of years ago I watched it on Netflix discs. Amazing, cheesy, and definitely worth cult status. Many years ago I thought Depp would be a grand Barnabas, so it’s nice to see that it’s coming to fruition. I know it will not be like the original, but it will be neat to see what the Burton / Depp / Bonham Carter team brings to the table. I’m sure it will be phenomenal.

  4. Does anyone know the name of the actor playing the detective in the 2012 movie, Dark Shadows???

  5. I hope they stay true to the t.v. program. I watched this show religiously as a kid, and just watched several episodes on Netflix. Although I’m not sure if Depp has rugged enough looks for Barnabas. Barnabas was by no means “pretty.” I guess he has to be a better choice than Tom Cruise was for Lestat though !!

  6. I was named after Angelique I cannot wait until may 2012!

  7. Dark Shadows was a huge success in the 1960s because it was unique–a horror soap opera. And DS the series did not over play the fangs, or gore, or anything. It was a fantasy. It will be interesting to see if Burton gets this, and if he does if he can please modern audiences who are saturated with vampires in True Blood or Twilight. I for one can’t wait to see what they do with it. I fear I will be disappointed but I hold out hope.

  8. I hope we get the Sleepy Hollow Burton and not the (awful) Alice in Wonderland one! Please, Tim, follow the original characterizations and look? If you do, thousands of now-aging Barnabas fans will see the movie MANY times, and buy ALL the DVD editions.

  9. I was named after Angelique on the original dark shadows. And Johnny Depp is my favorite actor. So I am so excited about this movie! If you ever pick someone to go to the movie when it comes out please pick me! Love you Dark Shadows and I am proud to be Angelique!

  10. Joan Bennett was my Godmother.. would love to be an extra on this film..

    • Far too late to be an extra. They wrapped filming several weeks ago. May to late September, that’s when they filmed. It’s in post-production now.

  11. I have been a vampire movie HO since the early 60′s…absolutely luved the DS soap as a kid…was hard to go to sleep after watching an episode.
    I believe that JD was an excellent choice! Can’t go wrong with MP, and all the other stars involved…I’m giddy with excitement for the new Dark Shadows to be released…can’t wait to get hooked!

  12. I was name after Josette from the original soap. I watched every episode growing up. I cannot wait for this!!!!!!

    • I was also named after the character in the show Dark Shadows. Very popular when I was growing up as well. Strangely, I’ve been told I look Like the original character, just randomly from people without them even knowing my name. Strange huh?

  13. I will love this movie! Thanks!!!!!!

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