Channelling his inner Jonathan Frid to fine effect, Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's none-more-gothic "Dark Shadows"...
Neatly side-stepping the negative chatter online about the closeness of the release date and the absence of a trailer, Tim Burton’s upcoming revision of 70’s gothic soap, “Dark Shadows” now has a trailer available and it’s looking pretty keen.
Separated at birth - Eva Green and Heather Graham. Discuss?
The campy and the scary seem intertwined in this first look – we’ve got flashbacks to the tragic past of Johnny Depp’s Barnabas Collins, some broadly comedic swipes at seventies kitsch (Who hasn’t wanted to destroy a TV when the Carpenters showed up on it?) and Eva Green playing a once-spurned Witch who won’t take no for an answer (she’s handling the scary quite well – if there’s an actress who was born to do gothic and the ‘alluring/menacing’ dichotomy , it’s Eva Green).
"Vampires sparkle? Stake me now..."
The film opens on May 11th and looks like a must-see for me – I’m just hoping that screenwriter John August and Tim Burton can get the clash of tone between daffy comedy and tragic horror to mesh, because my favourite Burton flick is “Sleepy Hollow” and this seems reasonably reminiscent of that film’s vibe.
Plus, Eva Green. Like, wow…
Twitch (bookmark it – it’s awesome) are reporting the intriguing possibility that Jaume Collet-Sera’s live action adaptation of “Akira” is beginning to round-up an intriguing cast, to perhaps beset some of the Internet’s worries about the project.
Say what you want about his past, Sirius had style...
Yep, Gary Oldman has been offered the part of the Colonel.
It's a look.
And the mighty Helena Bonham-Carter is being offered the role of Lady Miyako.
I can understand Warner Brothers wanting to keep things in the family – both actors, of course, can be seen in multiple “Harry Potter” installments and Collet-Sera has made low-cost, sleeper hits for the WB since his “House of Wax” iteration.
I’m still somewhat bothered about the reported budget, though. Far be it from me to say that you have to spend over the odds to deliver a convincing view of the future – I’m a big fan of “District 9”, which was by no means a budget-buster – but $90 million? Unless this version of “Akira” is set in a supermarket stock room, I’m not filled with confidence…
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