Johnny Depp: Pirates & Vampires

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Count on Johnny as the bloodthirsty vampire Barnabas Collins.     Photo by Getty Images.

Even as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides hits movie screens, Johnny Depp has already started filming his next blockbuster this week in London:

Dark Shadows is the latest classic TV series to get a try on the big screen. Filming began this week on director Tim Burton‘s adaptation of the awesome 1960s/70s gothic soap opera. He makes the move from Captain Jack Sparrow to the sinister vampire Barnabas Collins.

The all-star cast includes Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green and Jackie Earle Haley. From the Warner Brothers press release:

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, 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.

The official Dark Shadows newsletter ShadowGram reports that Tim Burton’s regular composer Danny Elfman (originally from the band [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Oingo Boingo[/lastfm]) will create the musical score for the new film, adding that “Robert Cobert’s original theme will likely be integrated.” Elfman’s other credits include Men in Black, Red Dragon and Spider-Man along with theme music for The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives.

Dark Shadows hits your movie theatre screen about a year from now;  May 11th, 2012. ~JZ.

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