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Burton and Depp’s “Dark Shadows” Moves Forward

Ears perk up with the announcement of any Burton project, especially a collaboration with Johnny Depp. So all eyes now turned to his upcoming film adaptation of the cult '70s show Dark Shadows. Warner Bros. has announced that filming will begin this week and provided the following plot synopsis:

“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.

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.”

Aside from a seventh collaboration with Depp, Burton will also reunite with composer Danny Elfman (12 previous films), executive producer Richard Zanuck (five previous films) and costume designer Coleen Atwood (eight previous films). Warner Bros. is looking to release the film May 11, 2012, one week after the intended release of Marvel’s The Avengers. May is typically Summer’s movie kick-off. Now it’s shaping up to be a blowout.


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