Kate Atherton writes for Bleeding Cool:
Putting Alice in Wonderland behind him, Tim Burton heads for Dark Shadows and, as is usual for Burton, he's populating them with some familiar, friendly figures.
Johnny Depp, who has appeared in more Burton movies than he has films about pirates, is already cast as the central figure, vampire Barnabas Collins. Now there are rumours that he will be joined by Burton's BAFTA-winning partner, Helena Bonham Carter, as well as his sometime catwoman Michelle Pfeiffer.
Thompson on Hollywood has suggested that Pfeiffer will play Collins fmily matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, while Bonham Carter could play a rare blood disorder specialist, Dr Julia Hoffman. There are to be some newbies however – for example Eva Green, Bella Heathcote and Jackie Earle Haley.
Dark Shadows is set to begin filming in April.
Meanwhile, a new press release pushes along another Tim Burton project, the 3D black-and-white stop-motion animation Frankenweenie. This project is a resurrection and reworking of a 1984 live action short by Burton which tells the story of a dead dog, Sparky, who is stitched back to life by his young owner Victor, and turns into a bit of a terror.
The voicecast has been announced as Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, with all but the last two having worked with Burton before.* The screenplay is by John August.
Frankenweenie is set to be released on 5 October 2012. Plenty of time to run for cover.
*Editor's note: looks like one thing that happens more often than Burton using the same actor in multiple films is somebody pointing out that he does this.