September 26, 2011 at 10:50 am #35326
I’m continuin the thread from The EnvelopeSeptember 27, 2011 at 7:13 am #35329
Here’s an article from Empire magazine with a few more behind the scenes photos!October 5, 2011 at 7:29 am #35330
Although the first photo we saw of Johnny Depp in his “Dark Shadows” garb had us feeling a little skeptical, the second batch of pics that hit the Interwebs last week have us back to being over the moon excited for director Tim Burton’s take on the 1970s vampire soap.
Even better, MTV News managed to get a few more “Shadows” details from Burton’s other frequent movie-related collaborator, composer Danny Elfman, who revealed we can expect something “a little wild.”
“It’s still very early, they’re not even done shooting. I just sent them some stuff so they can play with it while they’re editing,” Elfman told us about his progress on “Shadows” at the premiere of “Real Steel,” the score for which he also composed. “I think it’s just going to be fun. You can tell from Johnny Depp’s hairstyle right off the bat, it’s like, ‘Oh wow, that’s different.’ It’s [set in] the ‘70s, it’s going to be fun.”
With regard to what type of sound Elfman is going for in composing the “Shadows” score, we asked if it will have a pronounced theme, a la his previous work for Burton’s films like “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Edward Scissorhands.”
“I think this will be a little wilder than ‘Edward Scissorhands,’ but I don’t know. I really don’t know what to expect until it’s done.”
Elfman also said that he and Burton had discussed the use of a smaller-scale orchestra, but that nothing has been set in stone yet.
“I think we might keep it small. That was Tim’s first thought to make it very small, but having said that maybe we’ll make it big. Things can change between now and then.”October 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm #35331
Eva Green’s dream role with Tim Burton in Dark Shadows
EVA GREEN says it was her dream to work with director Tim Burton on his new film Dark Shadows.
The former Bond girl appears with Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter. Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz in the adaptation of the 1960s supernatural series, released in cinemas in May 2012.
Eva revealed at the premiere of her new film Perfect Sense: “We finished shooting last Friday. It was like a dream – I always wanted to work with Tim Burton.”
She added: “The script is very funny and dark.”
Depp plays vampire Barnabas Collins, a character with whom the actor was obsessed as a child. Collins is released from his coffin when shady house guest Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley – Watchmen, Nightmare on Elm Street remake) raids the mausoleum to search for the family jewels.
Bonham Carter plays Dr Julia Hoffman, who comes to Collinwood mansion to destroy the bloodsucker but falls in love with him instead.
Warner Bros released the following story description:
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 Bouchard (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.
In Perfect Sense, Eva plays a scientist who begins a love affair with a chef, played by Ewan McGregor, as the world is swept by an epidemic that causes the loss of the senses one at a time.
Eva said: “It could sound very depressing as a storyline but it’s actually very uplifting. It’s like a metaphor for falling in love. When we fall in love we lose our senses. So I found it quite optimistic really.”October 15, 2011 at 7:22 am #35332
Johnny Depp Calls His ‘Dark Shadows’ Vampire ‘Classic’
‘These vampire movies have come out, and you go, ‘Well, nobody looks like a vampire, man,’ ‘ Depp tells MTV News.
By Kara Warner (@karawarner)
Anytime Johnny Depp and Tim Burton get together for a film, fans know to expect the unexpected, particularly with their retellings of familiar stories like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Alice in Wonderland” and their next highly anticipated project, the big-screen adaptation of ’60s vampire soap “Dark Shadows.”
The fan fervor surrounding “Shadows” hit a high point recently when photos leaked of a heavily made-up Depp in his full Barnabas Collins costume, followed by the production’s first official photo of the entire cast posed family portrait-style and Burton in action on set.
When MTV News caught up with Depp recently as he promoted “The Rum Diary,” which hits theaters October 28, we asked what inspired the highly stylized look of the character.
“The memory that I have of watching the show as a kid, Jonathan Frid and what he did with that character was the main inspiration, for sure,” he said of the actor who originated the role of Barnabas. “But also the idea of, over the years, these vampire movies have come out and vampire TV shows and stuff like that, and you go, ‘Well, nobody looks like a vampire, man. What happened?’
“I adored Dracula, still do. I adored [everyone] from Bela Lugosi to Christopher Lee. I adore Nosferatu, [played by] Max Schrek. I adore all those wonderful sort-of horror films. And it was an opportunity really, an opportunity to sort of go into what really doesn’t exist [onscreen] so much anymore, which is classic monster makeup and a classic monster character,” Depp explained. “So that was really the inspiration Tim and I talked about.”
Depp and Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” which also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz, Jackie Earle Hayley and Eva Green, will be released May 11, 2012.October 26, 2011 at 11:02 am #35333
Danny Elfman on Whether the ‘Dark Shadows’ TV Theme Will Be in Tim Burton’s Movie
by Joseph McCabe, Mon., Oct. 24, 2011 12:00 PM PDT
On Friday I had the opportunity to check out the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Tim Burton retrospective, which runs through October 31st. While I was there I also attended a special presentation and question-and-answer session with three of Burton’s key collaborators: production designer Rick Heinrichs, costume designer Colleen Atwood, and composer Danny Elfman. During the Q and A, Elfman was asked whether or not the iconic Dark Shadows TV theme music will be used in Tim Burton’s upcoming film adaptation. Find out what Elfman had to say after the jump.
“We had this discussion with Batman,” said Elfman, “[about] whether we wanted to incorporate the TV theme. And Tim said, ‘No, don’t do that.’ And on Planet of the Apes, once again, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; that was a big one – “Do we incorporate it in?” “No.” So I’m just guessing that he’s gonna say no again, that he’s gonna want to develop his own language and dialogue for this.”
“Having said that,” Elfman laughed, “who knows? You may just hear a theramin!”December 4, 2011 at 10:38 am #35334
Helena Bonham Carter received the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year from Helen Mirren at the 19th annual BAFTA Los Angeles’ Britannia Awards but she made headlines talking to The Hollywood Reporter about her role in the upcoming DARK SHADOWS.
Despite vampires all the craze thanks to The Twilight Saga and the added allure of Bonham Carter’s husband Tim Burton reuniting with star Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, a vampire living in a sprawling Maine mansion in search for his lost love, the colorful British actress cautioned that Dark Shadows might be too “original” for mainstream audiences.
“It’s very original, and it’s kind of uncategorizable,” she said. “It’s going to be impossible to sell, frankly, because it’s a soap opera, but it’s very, very subtle, I don’t know. We’ll see. It’s a ghost story, but then it’s an unhappy vampire story.”
Of course, if Twi-Fans flock to see Depp as a vampire, Dark Shadows should do fine at the box office. In fact, with The Twilight Saga franchise coming to an end, Twi-Fans might crown Depp’s Barnabas as their new favorite vampire replacing Robert Pattinson’s Edward.December 14, 2011 at 10:24 am #35335
Michelle Pfeiffer talks about ‘Dark Shadows’ on “Live with Kelly”December 14, 2011 at 10:53 am #35336
Tim Burton is the perfect choice to direct a remake of “Dark Shadows.” There were two previous theatrical versions of the hit vampire soap opera, the first called “House of Dark Shadows” (1970), which was unexpectedly gory, considering its rather tame TV antecedent. Helena Bonham Carter also seems the perfect choice to play the Dr. Julia Hoffman role, so memorably portrayed previously by Grayson Hall…December 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm #35337
Kathryn Leigh Scott who played Maggie Evans in the original television show says that she was surprised that Helena Bonham Carter would disparage her soap opera. Helena in a recent interview had this to say about Dark Shadows, “a really bad, hilariously bad soap opera.”
Kathryn wrote a letter to the Dark Shadows News Page:”Lara Parker (Angelique) and I, who both play cameos in the new Dark Shadows film, are surprised by Helena Bonham Carter’s comments because they do not at all reflect our wonderful conversation together on the set. She was eager to hear about Grayson Hall, who played Dr. Julia Hoffman, and we were only too happy to tell her about our old friend.”
“Helena and Michelle Pfeiffer (Elizabeth Collins Stoddard) were both into watching the original episodes and we all laughed about the famous bloopers, which were indeed ‘hilariously bad’… However, we take pride in the original series, bloopers and all. Our budget for a single episode of the series wouldn’t pay for a tea break on the set of the new film, Yet our series has become an enduring classic for over 45 years!”
And Kathryn was through, as Helena Bonham Carter also said that the movie would be a hard sell. Kathryn disagreed with that view as well, stating, “The new movie should be an easy sell to the legions of fans who ran home from school to watch the original and the multitudes of young new fans drawn to us each year.”
Dark Shadows also stars Helena Bonham-Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Chloe Moretz and Jackie Earle Haley and will be with us May 2012.January 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm #35338
Tim Burton’s Busy 2012: ‘Dark Shadows’ And ‘Frankenweenie’ Arrive!
Producing ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ also lands Burton on MTV Movies’ Ones to Watch in 2012.
We’re just days into 2012, and Tim Burton’s calendar is already jam-packed. The director, alas, may not have time this year to go club-hopping in Paris with Mark Wahlberg.
No matter! Burton has an epic cinematic year in the works, from his Johnny Depp-starring adaptation of “Dark Shadows” and his long-gestating animated project “Frankenweenie” to his work as a producer on the supernatural/action/historical/drama mash-up “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” That’s why we’ve named Burton One to Watch in 2012. The director recently hopped on the phone with MTV News to discuss everything he has coming up over the next year and explain why thinking about it all leaves him in a state of panic.
MTV: Hi, Tim, we wanted to check in with you because it looks like it’s going to be a busy 2012.
Tim Burton: Don’t remind me. [Laughs.]
MTV: I’m sorry.
Burton: That’s OK. I have to face it sooner or later. I didn’t really plan it. I probably should have. I wish you could control film schedules a bit better. But it’s OK. It’s all things that I love, so that’s good.
MTV: How are you dividing your time between the various projects?
Burton: With “Frankenweenie,” it’s a little bit easier to do it, because you only have a couple shots coming through each day. It’s like a slow-motion process. When you’re dealing with something like “Dark Shadows,” that’s immediate and intense. And then with “Lincoln,” [director] Timur [Bekmambetov] is great. I’m there just to support it. It’s a project I really liked and just wanted to see.
MTV: I got a chance to visit the set, and I was impressed. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say I was on the set of a historical biopic.
Burton: You were! It is! That’s what’s great about it. It just seemed like a natural thing for Timur. It being an American history story, it seemed right for it to be directed by a Russian. [Laughs.]
MTV: What stage are you in for “Dark Shadows” right now?
Burton: Panicking. That stage. We’re editing and doing effects. It’s not an effects-heavy picture, but it’s still got stuff in there. There’s a strange tone to the movie. That’s always what’s fun about movies. You never know exactly what they are. It makes it both exciting and scary and why you like doing it. I have to keep remembering that.
MTV : With over 1,200 episodes of the original series to draw upon, what was important to you to retain?
Burton: It’s got such a strange vibe. And it’s not something that a lot of people necessarily know. You’re trying to do a weird soap opera. I felt really lucky, because the cast is really good. People like Michelle [Pfeiffer] grew up watching it. Some of the cast knew about it. Some didn’t, but they were all game for it — getting into the weird spirit of what “Dark Shadows” was. It has a weird sense of heightened melodrama. There was a generation of us who would run home from school to watch it. That’s probably why we were such bad students. We should have been doing homework; we were watching “Dark Shadows” instead. It was hard to put into words the tone it was. It had a weird seriousness, but it was funny in a way that wasn’t really funny. We just had to feel our way through it to find the tone. We didn’t do any real rehearsals, because the cast all came in at different times. But there was an old photo of the [original] cast which I always remembered, so a couple days before shooting, we got the whole cast together to take a similar shot so everyone could see each other and get that vibe from doing a group photo. That helped set the tone more than anything.
MTV: Some of it takes place in the 1700s, but most of it takes place in 1972, is that right?
Burton: Yeah it goes back, but it’s mainly in 1972, which to the era of “Dark Shadows” is the modern era. To me, it was a scary time.
MTV: Does the film leave that house much?
Burton: A little bit, but the thing about “Dark Shadows” was it was a very hermetically sealed world. It’s mainly the internal family melodrama. You get a little bit of the sense of the world, but it’s like “Grey Gardens,” where these people are in their own sort of world.
MTV: Do you utilize time travel in the movie?
Burton: Not too much. A tiny bit. For me, that’s when the show kind of made me want to do homework. I was like, wait a minute! That came near the end of the trail of the series.
MTV: You decided not to do 3-D this time around?
Burton: No. It’s the ’70s, man. Only “Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror” was in 3-D. That’s the only one I remember from that time.
MTV: Is it true that you’re considering doing another “Beetlejuice” film?
Burton: Yes. I love that character, and Michael [Keaton] is so great in it. I always think about how great and fun that character was, so I just said to [“Vampire Hunter” writer] Seth [Grahame-Smith], “If you have some idea about it, go for it, and then I’ll look at it freshly.” In the past, I tried some things, but that was way back when. He seemed really excited about it.
MTV: Has he run any of his ideas by you yet?
Burton: No. I told him to try some stuff, but he hasn’t come back to me yet. Michael was so great in it. I’m sure he’d strangely tap right back into it.
MTV: It must be extremely exciting for you to return to “Frankenweenie,” considering the original short led to your demise at Disney.
Burton: Maybe it’ll cause my second or third demise. [Laughs.] I’m very excited about it. The opportunity to do it in black-and-white and 3-D really fits the story. For me, it’s the heart of the story that we’ve gotten to go back to and expand. It’s more of a “House of Frankenstein” kind of situation now, but also it stays with the same thing. It taps into the politics of other children that you remember from school. It’s still intimate, though. It’s still the basic story with a few more elements.
MTV: It actually shocks me there hasn’t been a Broadway musical version of “Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Burton: A couple of schools have done it. I think it could lend itself to something like [Broadway]. I’m just happy it’s taken on a life of its own. We’ve resisted any kind of sequelization thing. Some things are just best left on their own.
MTV: Did anyone try to dissuade you from doing “Frankenweenie” in black-and-white?
Burton: I’m very grateful, because I think they understood that that was part of the emotion of it. I was very happy about that, because it’s a big part of it. It’s a big deal for a studio to go along with something like that. And the 3-D really suits it. With a lot of 3-D, you lose some of the detail, but with stop-motion, you actually feel more of the detail. So all the work that people put into the puppets and the spaces on the set — you actually feel it.
MTV: Is IMAX interesting to you?
Burton: Yeah, definitely! We’re doing a test for “Frankenweenie.” “Frankenweenie” is such a tactile funky project. It would be interesting to see it in that, so we’re playing around with it.
MTV: Is “The Addams Family” the next thing on the stop-motion docket?
Burton: Oh, I don’t know. I got so many things to keep up with now …
MTV: You do seem to have a long list of things with your name attached.
Burton: That’s why I don’t go on the Internet, Josh. It freaks me out. I’ve got my immediate things to worry about. It’s like when they thought the Earth was flat and you hit the horizon and fell into a black hole.
MTV: So this laundry list of things that are stressing you out …
Burton: Just check them all off till later. Next year, we’ll take a look at them like Santa’s list. I’ll tell you yes or cross them off the list.January 12, 2012 at 6:16 pm #35339
^Burton correctly describes the original soap opera series as one of “heightened melodrama,” which is not his usual milieu, which could be described as one of parody, satire, gothic horror, and camp. It will be interesting to see whether Burton can play the material “straight.”January 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm #35340
Some new pics from the film