New Tim Burton Gothic Vampire Movie 'Dark Shadows' May Feature Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer
It came as little surprise when it was announced that Johnny Depp would star in a Tim Burton-directed adaptation of "Dark Shadows," a gothic vampire soap opera from the 1960s.
If "gothic" is in the log line, Burton is guaranteed to be waiting in the wings, and these days, a Burton film without Johnny Depp is like mashed potatoes without gravy - it starts to sound kind of nice after that's all you've had for ten years. But that's all they're serving.
Depp is still set to play Barnabas Collins, a role he described as his "childhood dream" but who insanely didn't appear in the show until a year into its run. In fact, the show was originally created without any supernatural elements of any kind. What kind of show was ABC expecting, then, when they signed on a show called "Dark Shadows"?
Well, the supernatural elements certainly won't be a secret in the upcoming film adaptation. Otherwise, why would Burton have signed on?
According The Hollywood Reporter, Michelle Pfeiffer is now in talks to play Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, "the reclusive matriarch of the Collins family which runs the Maine town."
Pfeiffer, who first worked with Burton in 1992's "Batman Returns," in which she played Catwoman, has seen somewhat of a resurgence as of late. After enjoying quite a bit of fame in the 1990s, she virtually disappeared in the early 2000s until she sprung back onto the scene in 2007.
Next, she'll be seen in the ensemble comedy "New Year's Eve," followed by the directorial debut of "Transformers" co-writer Alex Kurtzman, "Welcome to People."