Sometimes bringing back an original cast can be disengaging (see all of Rob Zombie’s movies), but other times it actually sounds like a brilliant idea. Hermes Press hosted a Dark Shadows panel at the San Diego Comic-Con with Lara Parker (Angelique), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans and Josette du Pres), Jim Pierson (consulting producer for the new Dark Shadows film), and the son of series creator Dan Curtis. The big reveal was that four of the original cast members will be making cameos in Tim Burton’s new film!
Daniel Herman (publisher, Hermes Press) moderated, and Parker and Scott were just about bursting at the seams to share the news that they, along with both David Selby (Quentin Collins) and, yes, the much beloved Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins) spent three days at Pinewood Studios during the filming of Burton’s upcoming Dark Shadows movie. They will all be making cameos, but the real highlight for the quartet was being able to thank Johnny Depp (who plays Barnabas in the new version) for all the kind words and tributes he has given the 45-year-old show, especially as it relates to Frid and his performance. The icing on the cake was Depp telling Frid in person, “None of this would be here if it wasn’t for you.” – as reported by The Woman In Black.
Warners has slotted the film for release on May 11, 2012.