I'm glad they went with this one, although I have no clue what story line would include an explosion at the fish cannery.
I wouldn't mind if Burton and Depp stopped remaking movies and filmed instead a couple original scripts. Then again, at the rate they are going, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Next would be next on the schedule.
I liked Sweeney Todd well enough, Alice and Willy Wonka not so much. This one looks funny a la Edward Scissorhands with an impressive cast. Really, I'll see Helena Bonham Carter do anything at this point.
You liked Charlie?
This so far looks self aware and funny to my eye. I wasn't much into it before because I've never been a big Dark Shadows person. As far as Johnny Depp, any one willing to hide good jewelry in their ass for a joke is fine by me, as well as Burton being marriageable in Helena's mind.
Maybe stop working together and/or stop repackaging old properties would be wise, especially if there's a vampiric backlash over Dark Shadows.
Related, I've heard there is "an awesome cameo" in the 21 Jump Street movie. It's Depp, isn't it?
Of course, both Jump Street and Shadows are comedy movies based on old non-comedy TV shows... if this is a trend, it scares me. Because with Peter Falk passed away, it's inevitable somebody will do Columbo. Also, Gunsmoke or Bonanza, Perry Mason, The Waltons, Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere (which was already a camouflaged black comedy), all shows that must never be comedi-fied. Marcus Welby MD, you can do that. But if the trend goes far enough... Wayan Brothers' Roots.
Of course this is the one collaboration I want to see since I actually watched the original with my great-grandmother on the teevee. There's also the possibility they both have another "Ed Wood" in them.
However to get them to stop making movies, I take the South Park approach and suggest they just get their gay on and over with.
Although the trailer makes it look like a comedy and I *am* expecting it to be a comedy, at the same time I would not be surprised if this turns out *not* to be a comedy. Also, Alice Cooper leads the band at the party Barnabas throws.
I loved Dark Shadows because it was so, so corny and silly. As both Depp and Burton usually team up well for campy stuff with a dark edge (NOT Willy Wonka, which was really a waste of Depp), I'm hoping for good things from this movie.
As a big fan of the 90s remake of DS and occasionally watcher of the original series, I found it rather disturbing. That was so not DS in the same way Robin Williams's Bicentennial Man wasn't Bicentennial Man. And given I didn't bother watching Alice or Charlie, I probably won't bother with this one either.
Corpse Bride, on the other hand, I liked so I'd vote for more original stories too.
I like Burton's "Charlie & The Chocolate Factory" a lot. It doesn't replace the original film (which was the first movie I ever saw in the theater as a kid, BTW, at the age of 6) and it doesn't have half the original film's darkness and ambiguity, but it's still a very cool flick.
"I was both intrigued and repulsed by that trailer."
That's it with me, too. At this point, Burton could put out a totally bogus trailer compiled from the blooper and gag reel, and get away with it. Also being Burton, he could have filmed two or three different story lines, and he still has two months to decide which one he likes better.
Conversely, this is the same guy who made Pee Wee's Big Adventure and Beetlejuice. Really, about all I can say with any surety is he didn't remake House Of Dark Shadows; although with Chloe Moretz as Carolyn, there are elements from the House plotline that would be very interesting in today's morality sphere.
How so? I don't follow most of his stuff, but saw that one and thought he pulled it off really well
I did too. I thought it was a waste of Depp, who is always great imho, because the movie was really . . . just not good. And that's too bad because the story and the Wilder movie are both so wonderful. So, wonderful Depp performance wasted.