Dark Shadows Starts Shooting; Story Details Revealed
05.19.11 by Ryan
Last November, it was reported that Johnny Depp would start shooting Dark Shadows with director Tim Burton last month. Close enough.
Warner Bros. announced shooting has begun in England on the project, which is an adaptation of a Gothic soap opera created by Dan Curtis that ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971 and centered around vampire Barnabas Collins (Depp), a role originally played by Jonathan Frid. Seth Grahame-Smith, the author of the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies mash-up novel, wrote the script for the movie based on a story by John August and Grahame-Smith.
The Warner Bros. announcement also included a movie synopsis, giving those who remember the show the first chance to see how the adaptation will compare.
In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas (Thomas McDonell), 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 Hayley, and David's new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcoate.