Story Details Emerge for Burton's 'Dark Shadows' with Johnny Depp
We've known about the impending big screen adaptation of Dark Shadows, the 1960's gothic daytime serial with vampires, ghosts, ghouls, zombies, werewolves, parallel universes and time-paradoxes, for a while. However, what we haven't heard is details on the story itself. But today Warner Bros announced (via ComingSoon) that production has begun on the collaboration between director Tim Burton and Johnny Depp and with that announcement has come the official storyline of the film chock full of details. Fans of the classic series will be interested to hear that the film takes place the year after the show was canceled.
Here's the extensive synopsis that may contain some spoilers, so read at your own risk:
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.
Filming will take place in England and in addition to reuniting Depp and Burton, the film will also have frequent collaborator Danny Elfman on board to compose the music for the film. I'm hoping this film has the same kind of energy, and originality that ran through Burton's films like Ed Wood and Beetlejuice, even if this is an adaptation of an old TV series. The cast is spectacular, and Depp and Burton can usually do no wrong together (even if Alice in Wonderland wasn't the most impressive effort, in my opinion). Sound good?