There are some filmmakers who work best with men and some who work best with women. Tim Burton is a bit of a conundrum. He’s helped actors and actresses like Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jack Nicholson, Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp transform themselves in front of cameras. Now what if I told you that he was planning on reuniting with three of those five fantastic performers for his new film Dark Shadows? I bet you’d be pretty excited; I know I am.
Deadline reports that Burton and Warner Bros. Pictures are now in talks to invite Pfeiffer and Carter to join Depp in the big-screen adaptation of ABC’s gothic soap opera. Already cast are Eva Green, Bella Heathcoate and Jackie Earle Haley. The story would feature many staples of the supernatual including werewolves, ghosts, zombies, witches, warlocks and more. You couldn’t ask for better material from the guy who made Beetlejuice, Mars Attacks and Planet of the Apes.
The source notes that if cast, Pfeiffer would play Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the matriarch of the Collins clan and owner of the Collinwood mansion i which the saga is set. Carter would take on the role of Dr. Julia Hoffman, a specialist in psychology and rare blood disorders who initially is a threat to Depp’s vampire Barnabas but eventually becomes an ally who might be able to cure him of his thirst for blood. The great thing about having actresses as talented and versatile as these two is that they could literally swap roles without compromising the integrity and legacy of the characters. Having both on the massive set that will be Collinwood will create a dynamic environment for Burton’s cast to perform.
Deals aren’t definite yet, but we’ll let you know when you can start celebrating. The production is gearing up for a tentative April start for a 2012 release.