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Johnny Depp will stay in 2D for Tim Burton's Dark Shadows

May. 31, 2011by: Dave Davis
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Although Johnny Depp and Tim Burton's previous 3D collaboration ALICE IN WONDERLAND pulled in a billion bucks worldwide (and Depp's own 3D escapade PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES has already plundered over $600 million in global box office), his sympathetic bloodsucker Barnabas Collins probably won't be baring his fangs in 3D for DARK SHADOWS.

When asked about the possibility at a recent exhibition, Burton gives a ricocheting response that doesn't sound like the adaptation will get the 3D treatment: "I have no plans for that. I loved doing "Alice" in 3D. “Frankeweenie,” gonna do that in 3D. There’s people like, "Everything’s gonna be in 3D," or "I hate 3D!" I think people should have a choice. I don’t think it should be forced on anybody. At the same time, it’s great, some of it. It’s like "Yes or no!? 3D! Yes or no?!" It’s like, well, you know, come on, whatever, some yes, some no."

Will the update reflect the original show's occasionally cheesy soap opera tone? Burton seems to be figuring that out as he goes: "I’m early into it because it’s a funny tone, and that’s part of what the vibe of the show is, and there’s something about it that we want to get. But when you look at it, it’s pretty bad. I’m hoping that it will be -- it’s early days, let’s put it -- I’m very intrigued by the tone. It’s a real ethereal tone we’re trying to go for and I don’t know yet."

The rather lengthy breakdown for the Depp/Burton version of the long-running supernatural series:

"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: Extra dimension or not, that's a pretty fascinating cast.
Source: The Wrap

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7:14AM on 06/01/2011
Nice one; I totally agree with Burton on this. Even if there is thought he has lost his way with his projects these days he is right about 3D should be used for some movies that would benefit but not for everything.

Oh yeah and the comment about Keaton/Buton partnership again is spot on too. That re-pairing is long overdue. Keaton seems to be enjoying a resurge with his work with Pixar so it'd nice to get the two of them back together.
Nice one; I totally agree with Burton on this. Even if there is thought he has lost his way with his projects these days he is right about 3D should be used for some movies that would benefit but not for everything.

Oh yeah and the comment about Keaton/Buton partnership again is spot on too. That re-pairing is long overdue. Keaton seems to be enjoying a resurge with his work with Pixar so it'd nice to get the two of them back together.
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4:57AM on 06/01/2011
Looks like the slow demise of 3D, as even movie directors are beginning to notice how pointless it is becoming, Burton had me at "I think people should be given a choice."
Looks like the slow demise of 3D, as even movie directors are beginning to notice how pointless it is becoming, Burton had me at "I think people should be given a choice."
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2:46AM on 06/01/2011
Good on you Burton, I have a feeling this film will be special! After all, Burton is best when he is not doing huge blockbusters!
Good on you Burton, I have a feeling this film will be special! After all, Burton is best when he is not doing huge blockbusters!
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11:49PM on 05/31/2011
Perfect, glad to see Burton knows when to real the 3D madness in.
Perfect, glad to see Burton knows when to real the 3D madness in.
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11:48PM on 05/31/2011

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Still waiting for the day that Michael Keaton gets casted in one of Burtons's next movies.

Steve Buscemi is another actor I could have EASILY seen in this.
Still waiting for the day that Michael Keaton gets casted in one of Burtons's next movies.

Steve Buscemi is another actor I could have EASILY seen in this.
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11:42PM on 05/31/2011
Good to see him not totally buy into the fad, even if he is using it in other films.
It is a pretty good cast, too.
Good to see him not totally buy into the fad, even if he is using it in other films.
It is a pretty good cast, too.
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11:39PM on 05/31/2011
Shocking. It's a good thing though. I'm not completely opposed to it, but not everything needs to be in 3D.
Shocking. It's a good thing though. I'm not completely opposed to it, but not everything needs to be in 3D.
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11:46PM on 05/31/2011
I hope Stallone uses 3D in the Expandables sequel so the movie can be even more overblown that it will already be.
I hope Stallone uses 3D in the Expandables sequel so the movie can be even more overblown that it will already be.
10:18AM on 06/01/2011
Poor little baby is still heartbroken that someone dared to question his criteria for a blanket statement he made 6 (yes SIX) times. Boo fucking hoo. Get over it, kid.
Poor little baby is still heartbroken that someone dared to question his criteria for a blanket statement he made 6 (yes SIX) times. Boo fucking hoo. Get over it, kid.
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