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Dark Shadows Update: Tim Burton Confirms “Weird Tone,” Not in 3-D; Director’s Exhibit Opens at LACMA

Dark Shadows Update: Tim Burton Confirms "Weird Tone," Not in 3-D; Director's Exhibit Opens at LACMA

Tim Burton fans in Los Angeles can rejoice now that his LACMA exhibit is open (more details below, and here’s a slideshow). The Wrap took the chance to chat with the director at the exhibition’s opening. Of his Dark Shadows adaptation (currently in production), Burton says, “we’re sort of getting right in there.” He confirms the project has a “weird tone,” and will be somewhat soap-opera-esque (like the 1960s TV show that precedes it), but adds:

“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 good news is that Burton won’t be shooting the film in 3-D, or at least he currently has “no plans for that.” Stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote and Chloe Moretz will appear in all their 2-D glory.

Here’s more on Dark Shadows from our previous stories:

This is a reworking of the 1960s gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows, and centers on vampire Barnabas Collins (to be played by Johnny Depp) and his escapades with witches, monsters, ghosts and the like. Eva Green will play the powerful witch Angelique, with whom Collins enjoys a love/hate relationship. Vampire expert Seth Grahame-Smith adapted Dark Shadows; he also wrote Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (fitting, since he wrote the novel).

– Tim Burton likes to keep it in the family:

Burton doesn’t tire of actors; he keeps them in his movie family, calling upon them when the part is right. For Depp (who starred in Burton’s Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland) it’s Barnabus Collins this time, a vampire living in a Manor in Maine — known as the Collinwood estate — while searching for a lost love. Eva Green will play Angelique, a powerful witch with whom Collins enjoys a love/hate relationship. Pfieffer (who played Catwoman in Burton’s 1992 Batman Returns) is pegged for Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the Collins’ family matriarch who runs the manor (which she hasn’t left since her husband’s disappearance ten years ago).

Rumor has it that Bonham Carter (who made Planet of the Apes, Big Fish, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland with Burton, as well as mothering his two children) may play Dr. Julia Hoffman, a psychology and rare-blood-disorder specialist brought to the manor. Initially a threat to Collins, Dr. Hoffman ends up being an ally to his self-loathing vampire self. Haley will play the conman Willie Loomis, and Heathcoate will play the Manor’s young governess, Victoria Winters. Shooting begins in April. It’s clear Burton has a penchant for one-of-a-kind performers and faces. Dark Shadows could be just the beginning in the Burton film family for newcomers Green, Earle and Heathcote.

Tim Burton at LACMA:

By popular demand, the exhibit of Tim Burton’s dark, signature artwork that broke attendance records at New York’s MOMA will grace Los Angeles’ LACMA starting May 2011. Burton’s universe, from Edward Scissorhands to Sweeney Todd to The Nightmare Before Christmas– – “at once disturbing and oddly inviting” writes the LAT — will feature in a huge exhibition of 700-plus pieces of his artistic creations.

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