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Burton's Dark Shadows Gets Green, Winterbottom's Hardy Trishna Reinterpretation

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 4, 2011 at 9:28AM

- Tim Burton's reworking of 60s gothic soap opera Dark Shadows centers on vampire Barnabas Collins (to be played by Johnny Depp) and his escapades with witches, monsters, ghosts and the like. Eva Green will play the powerful witch Angelique, with whom Collins enjoys a love/hate relationship. Since her breakout role in Casino Royale, the French actress has gone somewhat unnoticed (she had a supporting role in 2007's The Golden Compass). Now, she has Perfect Sense (see trailer below), boarding school drama Cracks (March 18), a Maria Callas TV biopic and more to come. Vampire expert Seth Grahame-Smith adapted Dark Shadows; he also wrote Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (fitting, since he wrote the novel).
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- Tim Burton's reworking of 60s gothic soap opera Dark Shadows centers on vampire Barnabas Collins (to be played by Johnny Depp) and his escapades with witches, monsters, ghosts and the like. Eva Green will play the powerful witch Angelique, with whom Collins enjoys a love/hate relationship. Since her breakout role in Casino Royale, the French actress has gone somewhat unnoticed (she had a supporting role in 2007's The Golden Compass). Now, she has Perfect Sense (see trailer below), boarding school drama Cracks (March 18), a Maria Callas TV biopic and more to come. Vampire expert Seth Grahame-Smith adapted Dark Shadows; he also wrote Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (fitting, since he wrote the novel).

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- Another reinterpretation is on its way from Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart, The Killer Inside Me). He is returning to Thomas Hardy after his 1996 Jude [The Obscure] (which starred Kate Winslet) with Tess of the d'Urbervilles, which was memorably turned into the 1979 film Tess by Roman Polanski; Gemma Arterton and Eddie Redmayne starred in the BBC's 2008 TV mini series adaptation. Winterbottom's modern retelling of the devastating love story - Trishna - will take place in India, where Jay (the son of a British property developer) and Trishna (daughter of an auto rickshaw driver) meet and begin their tragic entanglement. Hardy's 1891 novel investigated Victorian hypocrisy through the lower class's candid stance on sex and religion, the loss of innocence (a snippet is below). Riz Ahmed and Frieda Pinto will star. ThePlaylist has more on what's next for Winterbottom: "Someone help Winterbottom out, please."

"How can I pray for you, when I am forbidden to believe that the great Power who moves the world would alter his plans on my account?" - 
Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Chapter 46

[Photos: Eva Green - Tavistock Wood, Book - BKKBooks]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.