Filming Begins on Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows"

By Warner Bros Entertainment Uk Ltd, PRNE
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter Head an All-Star Cast

LONDON, May 18, 2011 - Filming begins this week on Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow
Pictures' "Dark Shadows," which brings the cult classic television series to
the big screen under the direction of Tim Burton.

The film's all-star ensemble cast includes Johnny Depp, Michelle
, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee
, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz, and newcomer Gulliver McGrath.

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
), to help with her family troubles.

Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth's ne'er-do-well brother, Roger
, (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
, played by Bella Heathcote.

Burton is directing and producing "Dark Shadows" from a screenplay by
Seth Grahame-Smith, story by John August and Grahame-Smith, based on the
television series created by Dan Curtis. Also producing are Oscar(R) winner
Richard D. Zanuck ("Alice in Wonderland," "Driving Miss Daisy"), continuing
his long association with Burton; Oscar(R) winner Graham King, ("Rango," "The
Departed"), continuing his collaboration with Depp; Johnny Depp, Christi
, and David Kennedy. The executive producers are Chris Lebenzon,
Nigel Gostelow, Tim Headington, and Bruce Berman.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes cinematographer Bruno
Delbonnel, Oscar(R)-winning production designer Rick Heinrichs ("Sleepy
Hollow"), Oscar(R)-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood ("Alice in
Wonderland") and editor Chris Lebenzon ("Alice in Wonderland"). The score
will be composed by Danny Elfman.

"Dark Shadows" is being filmed entirely in England, both at Pinewood
Studios and on location.

"Dark Shadows" will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a
Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village
Roadshow Pictures.

For additional information, please contact: Louisa Radcliffe / Rob Deacon, +44(0)207-984-5000, Louisa.radcliffe at / rob.deacon at

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