Dark Shadows, Barnabas Collins Set for Big Screen
Filming on Tim Burton’s new adaptation of “Dark Shadows” is officially underway. Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures are working together to develop this new project. The classic television show originally aired between 1966 and 1971, and became an underground legend. Big name stars like Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earle Haley, Bella Heathcote, and Gulliver McGrath will add top notch acting to the film, while Burton’s favorite actors like Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter will play the leads.
The story follows a family that leaves England in 1752 to find a new beginning in America. Naomi and Joshua Collins and their son Barnabas are trying to escape a mysterious curse that haunts their entire family. After 20 years in a new country, Barnabas is grown and is the master of Collinwood Manor. The entire town of Collinsport, Maine loves the rich, powerful playboy. However, he makes a grave mistake when he breaks the heart of a former lover, Angelique Brouchard. She is a witch and uses her powers to transform him into a vampire and buries him alive.
When he escapes the tomb 200 years later in 1972, he returns to the ruins of Collinwood Manor to find his dysfunctional descendents including Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, played by Michelle Pfeiffer. To heal their mental issues she has hired a live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman, played by Helena Bonham Carter.
The story follows the drama, adventures and conflicts of the Collins family. Jonny Lee Miller plays the ne’er-do-well Roger, Chloe Moretz is a rebellious teenager, and Gulliver McGrath is the precocious 10 year old David. The staff of the Collinswood Manor also harbors their own mysteries and secrets that add to the strange atmosphere and unusual life of the family. Richard D. Zanuck will produce the new “Dark Shadows”, and Bruno Delbonnel will handle cinematography.