Actress Eva Green‘s interview with MTV Movies released today offers some tantalizing if imprecise details about director Tim Burton‘s storytelling approach to his DARK SHADOWS reboot feature film, which apparently will be set in the 1970s where the campy, beloved TV series ended. Green describes Burton’s approach cryptically as, “It’s something that he’s never done, I think. It’s much more focused on the actors. It could almost be a play.”
Perhaps best known for her portrayal of icy, calculating Vesper Lynd in the fantastic Bond series rebirth CASINO ROYALE, Eva’s description of the Angelique she’ll be playing for Burton has a very different spirit than that originated by Lara Parker on the original Gothic drama: “I haven’t seen the TV series, but from what I’ve seen on the Internet, it’s very different. My character is this sexy witch, very powerful in town, she’s very cool. She has many faces.” Green suspects she will sport blond hair for the mystical seductress character, as true to form per Parker’s look.
Not included in the video interview below are more comments about Burton’s film referencing the original series but also following his own inspiration from it. “The script is very powerful and funny,” Green intimates while remaining contractually vague, “[Angelique]’s relationship with Barnabas, that ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ relationship, very love-hate — it’s very funny.”
Reading between the lines, it sounds to us that Burton will walk the fine line between soap opera camp and genuine Gothic conflict of characters. FilmEdge hopes that Green’s comments about the script being so “funny” imply that the heightened reality (fantasy?) of playing these popular cult characters will be as fun for the cast as it is for audiences to watch on-screen, rather than Burton, Johnny Depp and all going straight for satiric parody of the series. We find encouragement Burton can succeed with this balancing act given his previous films of similar tone such as BEETLEJUICE or even ED WOOD, which express great fondness for their source material while not taking themselves or the ‘franchise’ too seriously. In any case, FilmEdge is delighted at the prospect of the lovely Eva Green playing a blonde siren of a witch with 1970s retro-styling. Angelique alone could cast many a spell on DARK SHADOWS’ male fans, old and new. Watch the full MTV video interview on FilmEdge.net.