Dark Shadows. Just the name conjures up early memories of rushing to get home from school just in time to draw the drapes making it as dark as possible in the room in order to get the full experience of watching the daily exploits of the Collins family. It’s been 40+ years since the series that portrayed vampires before vampires were cool was broadcast on network television. Enter Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and even Jonathan Frid with the long, long-awaited adaptation of the gothic soap opera, created by Dan Curtis.
With a target premiere date set for 11 May 2012 in the U.S., the Tim Burton adaptation starring Johnny Depp began shooting in May of 2011 at Pinewood Studios in London. The film also stars Helena Bonham Carter, fresh from receiving her New Years Day CBE Honors for services to drama, Michelle Pfieffer, Johnny Lee Miller, Eva Green and Christopher Lee. Also appearing the cast is Jonathan Frid who played Barnabas Collins in the original 1960’s television series. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Even though Burton has kept a very tight lid on the film so far, from the looks of things, this is Tim Burton at his Sleepy Hollow and Batman finest. The thought of the spooky Burton and a brilliant Johnny Depp working on a project which both have had a passion for since childhood makes me want to get in line now. Anyone else remember watching this as a kid? You had 1,225 chances over the 5 years it ran so there has to be someone besides me….