If you’ve followed the movie circles at all in the last six months or more it seems as though Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows movie remake has been on the way for eons.
The original Dark Shadows was a gothic soap opera that ran from 1966 to 1971 on ABC. It is quite possibly one of the most unique soap operas of all time. The show involved many supernatural elements like werewolves, zombies, man-made monsters, time travel and even a parallel universe. Being a daily daytime drama Dark Shadows amassed over 1200 episodes. One of the more famous characters is the vampire Barnabas Collins.
Tim Burton is making it into a movie starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins. Both are self-admitted huge fans of the original Dark Shadows television show.
The basic plot of the film is that Depp as Barnabas is a powerful playboy in 1752 Maine. He’s living the good life until he breaks the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green) who happens to be a witch. She turns Collins into a vampire and then burys him alive. Eventually, he somehow gets dug up and finds himself in 1972. The remnants of the Collins family are barely making their way and seem fairly insane. Barnabus insinuates himself into their lives and starts to turn the family around until Bouchard reappears and begins causing trouble.
Michelle Pfieffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Moretz play Barnabus’ disparate family members and, of course, Burton’s wife, Helena Bonham Carter plays a psychologist who lives with the family.
Dark Shadows is set to hit theaters on May 11.