Finally, some light is being shed on Dark Shadows, director Tim Burton’s long-discussed adaptation of the cult 1960s gothic TV series. EW has confirmed that (as first reported by Deadline) Michelle Pfeiffer is in negotiations for a starring role in the film opposite Johnny Depp, who will play the vampire Barnabas Collins. Pfeiffer, who played Catwoman in Burton’s 1992 Batman Returns, is in talks for the part of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the matriarch of the Collins family, and is expected to sign a deal shortly. “It’s certainly moving in that direction,” says a source close to the film.
Rumors are circulating that Helena Bonham Carter will also come on board the project as Dr. Julia Hoffman — which wouldn’t come as a big surprise, considering the actress is Burton’s domestic partner and has appeared in his last six films, most recently as the Red Queen in last year’s Alice in Wonderland. Depp and Burton — who are marking their eighth big-screen collaboration — have talked about adapting the ’60s supernatural soap opera for years. The film will begin shooting in May.