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Michelle Pfeiffer is in talks to join Tim Burton’s long-brewing Dark Shadows, Deadline reports. And although Helena Bonham Carter hasn’t begun negotiations, she, too, is expected to appear in the adaptation of the popular 1960s gothic soap opera.
Bonham Carter’s involvement comes as no surprise, considering she’s worked with fiancé Burton on six films. Dark Shadows would mark her fifth with frequent Burton collaborator Johnny Depp. Pfeiffer previously teamed with the director on 1992’s Batman Returns, in which she so memorably portrayed Catwoman.
Dark Shadows, which aired weekdays on ABC from 1966 to 1971, followed governess Victoria Winters, who arrived at the Collins estate in search of her mysterious origins. But the Collins family had its own secrets, including cousin Barnabas, a 200-year-old vampire from England. Depp will, of course, star as Barnabas — he recently spoke with MTV about the role — while Heathcote is set to play Victoria.
Pfeiffer would portray Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the reclusive matriarch of the Collins family, wealthy longtime owners of a cannery in the fishing town of Collinsport, Maine. The character hasn’t left the ancient family mansion Collinwood since her husband disappeared a decade earlier.
Bonham Carter, who received her second Academy Award nomination for The King’s Speech, is set for the role of Dr. Julia Hoffman, a specialist in psychology and rare blood disorders who initially poses a threat to Barnabas but later becomes an ally who might be able to cure him.
Warner Bros. bought the film rights in 2007, quickly teaming with Depp, who’s long wanted to play Barnabas. Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and Graham King’s GK Films are producing the adaptation. Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, penned the new draft of the adaptation. Production begins in April.