Filming began on Tim Burton’s adaptation of the television series Dark Shadows this week, and the studio has released a synopsis of the film to accompany it. You can find the full synopsis below the jump. Honestly, though, it’s pretty standard Tim Burton fare. Trendy Gothic settings, a lot of pale people, some vague supernatural elements, and lots of potential Hot Topic tie-ins. I think Sweeney Todd was the only good Tim Burton movie in a long while, and even that wasn’t exactly a stretch for him.
You know, Tim Burton’s been doing the same thing for years. The last real stretch he tried was Planet of the Apes, and we all know how THAT went. I think he might just be terrified of failing on that spectacular level again, and rightly so. Apes was a mess of epic proportions, and we all know it. He’s been talking about going back and making a full-length Frankenweenie, but where’s that? Sure it’s not too dissimilar to what he usually does, but at least that story has the potential for some heart, some pathos. His schtick isn’t just old, at this point; it’s dead. I’d say he, as well as Johnny Depp, should want to do better than this crap, but they’re too busy rolling on massive money piles to hear me.[Via Coming Soon]
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.