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Production begins on Dark Shadows and the synopsis is revealed

05.18.2011

Finally production has begun on DARK SHADOWS. For awhile it seemed like the film wasn't going anywhere and slowly but surely everything came into place.

Johnny Depp gets to live out his childhood dream of playing Barnabas Collins and we get to see Burton get back to a tone that he knows best. Warner Bros. has released a plot synopsis for SHADOWS. Everything looks about right, except for the exclusion of Josette and Sarah Collins. We'll just have to wait and see if they are included. I would hope so. Also, welcome to the cast, Jonny Lee Miller!

"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."

Extra Tidbit: I wonder why they decided to start Carolyn as a teen rather than a girl in her 20s.
Source: Coming Soon

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