Back in September we got our first look at actor Johnny Depp in character as Barnabas Collins on the UK set of the upcoming Tim Burton-directed remake of Dark Shadows. Later that same month, we got to see the first official promo photos from Dark Shadows HERE and HERE. Today we get to check out a couple new photos from the film in an effort for us to get used to Depp as the ancient vampire. I have to say, I’m having a bit of difficulty with Depp and Burton’s version of Barnabas Collins but … I am still very excited for the big screen adaptation. Check out the promo images below.
In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, 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 Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote. Tim Burton is directing and producing Dark Shadows from a screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith, story by John August and Grahame-Smith, based on the television series created by Dan Curtis. The behind-the-scenes creative team includes cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, Oscar®-winning production designer Rick Heinrichs (Sleepy Hollow), Oscar®-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland) and editor Chris Lebenzon (Alice in Wonderland). The score will be composed by Danny Elfman. Dark Shadows is being filmed entirely in England, both at Pinewood Studios and on location and stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz, and newcomer Gulliver McGrath.
SO … while I’m not really crazy about this boyish-looking Barnabas, I am very excited about the rest of the cast. For the most part, I trust Tim Burton as a director and I’ve become a fan of screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith’s work (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) AND Johnny Depp has just been named America’s Favorite Actor so … I really shouldn’t be too concerned about this remake film … should I? Dark Shadows is a really great show … I just want the film version to be just as good. I dunno tho. I’ll need to see more but, well, I guess at this point I can be cautiously optimistic … right?