UK newspaper The Times ran an extended piece on the Dark Shadows movie in yesterday's edition, interviewing director Tim Burton, screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith and original series actress Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans). Burton spoke about his childhood connection with the show and the character of Barnabas:
"It was something that affected me... when I was at that awkward age of 13, 14 and 15. I felt like I didn’t fit into the world, so this kind of weird vampire, this weird, out-of-place person, had an impact on me. Besides Johnny Depp, myself and Michelle Pfeiffer (Elizabeth Collins Stoddard), none of the rest of the cast knew what it was. I couldn’t really show it to them, because they’d just go, ‘What the hell is this?’ You had to be there to get the vibe of it."
The director also outlined his unique approach to recreating the Dark Shadows atmosphere: “I never really considered it to be a vampire movie. It’s just a movie with a character in it that happens to be a vampire," Burton explains. "Studios don’t like to hear me say this, but it’s all a bit of an experiment... Is Dark Shadows a comedy? Is it a dark Gothic drama? Is it both? I’ve never thought about it in those terms. Because it’s more about trying to get a vibe right... in a weird, melodramatic, soap opera-y way. I’ve made something that I can’t quite categorise."
Speaking about the storyline, Seth Grahame Smith emphasised the desire to make the situations identifiable: "Despite all the witches, ghosts and vampires, it’s a family drama and a story about a family that’s lost its way, and of Barnabas reminding them who they are."Asked about the possibility of Dark Shadows spawning a movie franchise, Grahame-Smith is enthusiastic: "It's rooted in soap opera, and the supernatural. Without wanting to spoil anything, even if people pass away, they don’t pass away... with over 1,200 episodes to draw from, in terms of characters and plot lines, the possibilities are limitless."