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Tim Burton Isn't Shooting 'Dark Shadows' In 3D

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May 31, 2011 | 6:36am EDT

Tim Burton Dark Shadows OriginalIt seems that Tim Burton hasn't completely lost his mind. (I was worried after Alice in Wonderland, which was visually stunning, but flew off the handle a bit.) He decided that his latest project, Dark Shadows, shouldn't get the 3D treatment.

Whew. The film, which is a big-screen adaptation of the 1960's soap marked by plenty of supernatural elements (of course), calls for what Burton refers to as a more "ethereal" tone that 3D just can't capture. In an age when most filmmakers are jumping on staunch pro and anti 3D bandwagons, Burton is firmly walking the line between camps. He told The Wrap of his theories about the new technology, "I have no plans for [shooting Dark Shadows in 3D]. I loved doing Alice in 3D. Frankenweenie, 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." It's a refreshing comment coming from someone whose last 3D film hit blockbuster status.

Dark Shadows is filming now with Johnny Depp in the lead role (of course) and with Chloe Mortez, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earle Haley, and a few others rounding out the rest of the cast. The film combines ancient curses, vampires, witches and soapy drama, dropping Depp's Early American tycoon and playboy-turned-vampire into late 1960s America, where his long-cursed family line has continued, only to find modern-day curses of their own. While supernatural in nature, the film would certainly gain little benefit from an unnecessary 3D boost. It's a little early to tell, but this film could be a turn from Burton's glossy blockbuster streak back to projects like his beloved, older ones like Ed Wood and Edward Scissorhands -- films that had that signature Burton outlandishness, but held something a little more real at their centers.

Source: The Wrap (via /Film)

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