Tim Burton Says He's Not Going 3D with the 'Dark Shadows' Movie

May 31, 2011
Source: Collider, The Wrap

Tim Burton - Dark Shadows

This is a very interesting decision for Tim Burton to make, but it may payoff in the end. As we've already reported before, Burton recently started shooting his newest film, an adaptation of the classic TV series Dark Shadows, with Johnny Depp starring as Barnabas Collins. While shooting is underway, apparently Burton showed up at the LA County Museum of Art to present an exhibit of his own art, where he gave an interview and a writer for Collider snagged a new quote from Burton about Dark Shadows and 3D. "I have no plans for [3D]. I loved doing Alice in 3D. Frankeweenie, gonna do that in 3D." But not Dark Shadows.

Here's Burton's full answer to the question of "Will Dark Shadows be in 3D?" Over on The Wrap, they have the a full transcript of the entire Burton interview from the LACMA. This is his Dark Shadows answer:

"I have no plans for that. I loved doing Alice in 3D. Freankeweenie. gonna do that in 3D. There's people like, 'Everything’s gonna be in 3D,' or 'I hate 3D!' I think people should have a choice. I don’t think it should be forced on anybody. At the same time, it's great, some of it. It's like 'Yes or no!? 3D! Yes or no?!' It's like, well, you know, come on, whatever, some yes, some no."

So through that little bit of rambling, I'd say it certainly sounds like Dark Shadows falls into the "some no" category. Burton goes on to speak about the tone of Dark Shadows in some previous questions, including explaining how they've only just start shooting and they haven't even really figured out a tone yet. "I'm early into it because it's a funny tone, and that's part of what the vibe of the show is, and there's something about it that we want to get. But when you look at it, it's pretty bad. I'm hoping that it will be -- it's early days, let's put it -- I'm very intrigued by the tone. It's a real ethereal tone we're trying to go for and I don't know yet." So, similar to Cowboys & Aliens and Jon Favreau, it sounds like he just wants to keep it natural and "ethereal" and therefore will just be shooting in 2D and not 3D. Sounds perfectly fine to me!

In addition to Johnny Depp, Dark Shadows also stars Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Moretz, Bella Heathcote, Jonny Lee Miller and Jackie Earle Haley. For a full rundown of the synopsis of the movie, jump to this post. We'll keep you updated as shooting continues. I'm actually happy to see Burton step back and go 2D, he's right, not everything needs to be in 3D and if he can hold back on one just so he can focus on getting the tone right, I'm fine with that. Bring on the vampires and ghouls, Mr. Burton!

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Reader Feedback - 11 Comments


its going to be a Tim Burton Dark tone...thats the only tone he ever has at least he will get a few more theater viewers since not everyone can see 3D

Jericho on May 31, 2011


I don't see why this is big news.  It's not like it has become the norm to make all films in 3D, even though it sure seems like it sometimes.

Sean Kelly on May 31, 2011


I don't see why this is big news.  It's not like it has become the norm to make all films in 3D, even though it sure seems like it sometimes.

Sean Kelly on May 31, 2011


Well, it kind of has become the norm, especially for Burton, who directed Alice in Wonderland in 3D to huge success (it was what kicked off the 3D craze in Hollywood) and now Disney/WB tries to make every "tentpole", of which this is, in 3D. So something that's not in 3D can actually be big news.

Alex Billington on May 31, 2011


I would have watched it in any case, but I still prefer 2D.

Davide Coppola on May 31, 2011


Thank you for the is 2D!

Skeletonbaby56 on May 31, 2011


When I read the title, I thought someone grew a pair and said no to fake 3d. Than in the article, he says,someyes, some no? What a sell out.

Anonymous on May 31, 2011


yay! How about no 3-D?

Xerxexx on May 31, 2011


you know he looks kinda like Nicholas Cage there..

Anonymous on May 31, 2011


(sigh)..Will there ever be a TB movie in which Depp is NOT starring??

Zephyr77 on Jun 1, 2011


Both Tim burton and Johnny depp need to jump in traffic and die already, shitty director, shitty actor.

Vinnie Cipollone on Jun 1, 2011

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