Dark Shadows
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Dark Shadows is Tim Burton's adaptation of the the 1960s gothic soap opera of the same name. The film stars Johnny Depp as the vampire Barnabas Collins. It is scheduled to be released on May 11, 2012.[1] in both conventional and IMAX theaters.[2]


In 1752, the Collins family sails from Liverpool, England to North America. The son, Barnabas, grows up to be a wealthy playboy in Collinsport, Maine and is the master of Collinwood Manor. He breaks the heart of a witch, Angelique Bouchard, who turns him into a vampire and buries him alive. In 1972, Barnabas is freed and returns to find his manor in ruin. It is occupied by dysfunctional descendants and other residents, all of whom have dark secrets.[3]



  • Christopher Lee as Silas Clarney.[5]
  • Alice Cooper stated on the BBC One chat show, Lee Mack's All Star Cast, that he would be shooting a small cameo.

At the San Diego Comic-Con 2011, it was also confirmed that four actors from the original series will appear in the film. In June 2011, Jonathan Frid, Lara Parker, David Selby and Kathryn Leigh Scott all spent three days at Pinewood Studios to film cameo appearances.[6][7]



Dark Shadows is directed by Tim Burton based on a screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith. In July 2007, Warner Bros. acquired film rights for the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows from the estate of its creator Dan Curtis. Actor Johnny Depp was attached to star in the film.[8] The project's development was delayed by the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. After the strike was resolved, Tim Burton was attached to direct the film.[9] By 2009, screenwriter John August was writing a screenplay for Dark Shadows.[10] In 2010, author and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith replaced August in writing the screenplay.[11] Filming began in May 2011. It is taking place entirely in England, both at Pinewood Studios and on location.[3]

Composer Danny Elfman is scoring the film.[3]



  1. "Dates Set for Dark Shadows, Journey 2 and Rivals",, May 13, 2011. 
  2. "News on BATMAN 3, SUPERMAN, DARK SHADOWS, and THE HOBBIT (December 2012!) – IMAX and Warner Bros. Sign Up to 20 Picture Deal!", Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub, April 28, 2010. 
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 "Filming Begins on Tim Burton's Dark Shadows",, May 18, 2011. 
  4. "Dark Shadows Movie Casts Joshua Collins", Dark Shadows News Page, July 26, 2011. 
  5. "Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows"", ChristopherLeeWeb, July 9, 2011. 
  6. "Alice Cooper Confirms Dark Shadows Cameo", Dark Shadows News Page, July 3, 2011. 
  7. "San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Dark Shadows Panel Highlights; Original Cast Cameos Confirmed for Tim Burton's Dark Shadows Film", Dread Central, July 23, 2011. 
  8. Fleming, Michael (July 26, 2007). "Depp lights up 'Dark Shadows'". Variety. 
  9. Kroll, Justin (February 2, 2011). "'Dark Shadows' ready for the light". Variety. 
  10. Siegel, Tatiana (January 21, 2009). "John August to pen 'Preacher' film". Variety. 
  11. McNary, Dave (July 15, 2010). "WB moves on Depp's 'Shadow'". Variety. 

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