Tim Burton is at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art right now to present an exhibit that features hundreds of his drawings, paintings, sculptures and films. During an interview, he spoke a bit about his plans for Dark Shadows; notably, they do not include 3D
ďI have no plans for [3D]. I loved doing ďAliceĒ in 3D. Frankeweenie, gonna do that in 3D. Thereís people like, ĎEverythingís gonna be in 3D,í or ĎI hate 3D!í I think people should have a choice. I donít think it should be forced on anybody. At the same time, itís great, some of it.Ē
That seems like the right approach, to employ 3D when it suits the project. Weíll see if Warner Bros cooperates with no plans for post-conversion. Production is currently underway in London with stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Moretz, and Jackie Earle Haley. Dark Shadows is scheduled for release on May 11, 2012. Read more from Burton after the break.
Burton spoke to The Wrap about the tone heís chasing on Dark Shadows:
ďItís been hard to kind of come here because Iím just starting, and itís a weird tone and itís a lot of actors and, you know, weíre not starting with the simple stuff; weíre sort of getting right in there. You like to kind of sneak up on it a little bit, but this one we just kind of slammed right into itÖ
Iím early into it because itís a funny tone, and thatís part of what the vibe of the show is, and thereís something about it that we want to get. But when you look at it, itís pretty bad. Iím hoping that it will be ó itís early days, letís put it ó Iím very intrigued by the tone. Itís a real ethereal tone weíre trying to go for and I donít know yet.Ē
I havenít seen much of the show, but the images and brief clips I have seen emit that bizarre Gothic quality that Burton is describing (I think). Style and tone are generally among Burtonís strengths, so I find myself travelling slowly up the dark, shadowy hill of anticipation.
This will be Burtonís eighth collaboration with Depp. The director talked about their artistic bond:
I just had an immediate connection with him. I didnít know him, but he just felt right for Edward Scissorhands. Weíre friends and colleagues, and weíve always taken the tack of not working together just to work together. Itís got to be the right part, the right movie, all of that sort of thing. Thereís a good sort of non-communicative communication, you know. Because especially back then I was not a good verbal communicator, and heís a bit similar, but thereís more of a psychic kind of connection, I would say, that sort of has remained. I like actors, too, that like to change, become different things. Those are the kinds of actors I find fun and exhilarating to work with.