Back in December of 2009, we learned that Johnny Depp was planning to begin filming the feature film remake (directed by Tim Burton) of the 1960’s TV series Dark Shadows sometime in the Fall of 2010. 2010 came and went and Dark Shadows did NOT go into production. BUT, I have very good news to pass along today about the film’s release … May 11, 2012 has been set as the release date for the Dark Shadows movie … oh yeah, and filming production has already gotten underway in London!
One of the biggest films of 2012 just nabbed a killer release date. ‘Dark Shadows,’ director Tim Burton’s big-screen adaptation of the ’60s vampire soap opera, will help ‘The Avengers’ kick off the summer movie season next year with a premium May 11, 2012, release. ‘Shadows,’ currently filming in England, features one of the best casts around. Johnny Depp stars as Barnabas Collins, a centuries-old vampire tormented by his past, opposite Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jackie Earle Haley. The film also marks the first major role for newcomer Bella Heathcote, who has supporting parts in the Justin Timberlake vehicle ‘Now’ and opposite Brad Pitt in ‘Cogan’s Trade.’ Heathcote plays the key role of Victoria Winters, governess to the Collins children who observes some supernatural things going on around her at a posh New England estate.
YES YES YES! This is great news!! I am normally not this excited or hopeful about remake or reboot projects (especially of TV shows or films that I really love) but I am SO excited by the prospect of Tim Burton working his film magic on Dark Shadows (and with Johnny Depp starring!) that I can’t even contain myself. When I was very little, I used to watch reruns of the original Dark Shadows TV series (which was actually a daytime horror soap opera) with my mom. In the 90s, I fell in LOVE with the primetime TV mini-series remake. I think the time is really right for a new, big screen version of Dark Shadows … and Burton is JUST THE MAN to do Shadows justice. May 11 … seems so far away … but it’s a date that I will anxiously and (as) patiently (as possible) wait for.