Hermes Press hosted a DARK SHADOWS panel 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. It was moderated by publisher Daniel Herman. The big news was that four of the original cast members will be making cameos in Tim Burton's new film.
Parker and Scott shared the news that they, along with both David Selby (Quentin Collins) and Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins), will be making cameos, and spent three days at Pinewood Studios during the filming of Burton's upcoming Dark Shadows movie.
They also thanked 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!"
It was confirmed by Pierson that Danny Elfman is doing the music for the adaptation, but Bob Cobert's original TV theme also plays a part. Dan Curtis' son chimed in that he feels like we (the DARK SHADOWS fans) are in good hands as Depp has promised "poetry" in the final product.