As usual, the annual San Diego Comic-Con was a whirlwind of activity, with hundreds of panels presented on a wide variety of subjects. Dread Central has a report on the one panel that was devoted to Dark Shadows, both the original series and the new Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movie version.”
During that panel, hosted by Hermes Press’ Dan Herman, publisher of reprints of the Gold Key Dark Shadows collections, stars Lara Parker (who played the witch Angelique) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (portrayer of Maggie Evans and Josette du Pres, along with Jim Pierson, the consulting producer for the new Dark Shadows revealed some important details. Among them, as noted by Dread Central, 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.’
“Scott went on to describe the film as not an homage, but ‘so inclusive’, and she believes Burton’s vision is not reverential, just ‘a damn good movie.’ She and Parker joked about how both Helen Bonham Carter and Michelle Pfeiffer are hooked on the old episodes of the series. Originally Bonham Carter wanted to play Angelique but now loves being Dr. Julia Hoffman – she’s ‘eating it up!’
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