Last week, Warner Bros revealed the first theatrical trailer for Dark Shadows, Tim Burton's update of the 1960s-1970s soap opera created by Dan Curtis. The trailer showed that, instead of being a gothic slog, the film is instead a surprisingly colorful 1970s-set comedy with no small amount of eccentricity. Today, the studio followed up with nine character posters, one for every member of the sprawling ensemble cast.
After months releasing naught but images from the film at a steady trickle, Warner Bros. is properly kicking off the hype machine for Dark Shadows. With the May release date rapidly approaching, the studio will release the first theatrical trailer tomorrow, Thursday March 15th. In advance of that, though, our very first look at footage has emerged online, along with a new banner image from the official site of Tim Burton's take on the creaky 1960s soap opera.
Synopsis: Schmidt and Jenko are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind.
Opening in theaters on March 16th is the new action comedy from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) called 21 Jump Street, which is based on the classic '80s TV series that launched Johnny Depp's career. The new film stars Academy Award-nominee Jonah Hill (Moneyball), who also wrote the screenplay, and in addition features performances from Channing Tatum (Haywire), Brie Larson (Rampart), Dave Franco (Fright Night), Ellie Kemper (Bridesmaids), Rob Riggle (The Lorax), Nick Offerman (TV's Parks and Reacreation), and Ice Cube (Three Kings), as well as cameos by Holly Robinson Peete, Peter DeLuise, and Johnny Depp, who all reprise their roles from the original series.
IAR's very own Dana Gardner recently had a chance to sit down with actors Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Rob Riggle, and Ice Cube in New York City to discuss 21 Jump Street. The actors discussed the new film, their characters, why Hill didn't want to write just another remake of a TV series, Channing's impressive comedic skills, improvising on the set, where Ice Cube got inspiration for his role, how the film's cameos help add a sense of authenticity to the project, and what might happen in possible sequels.
An extended red band trailer for 21 Jump Street has debuted online, clocking in at almost five minutes total and containing what would be an impressive amount of profanity for an entire movie, let alone four minutes and forty-three seconds of a movie. What's more important than the expletives, though, is the spirit in which they're delivered. Everyone in 21 Jump Street, starting with leads Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, appear to hitting the same note of rambunctious, hyperactive mischief. It's pretty damn infectious, and 21 Jump Street looks like a knowing collision of Hot Fuzz and Superbad.
Three new images from Tim Burton's Dark Shadows have appeared online, two of which showcase the typically Burton-y production design of Collinwood Manor, where most of the soap opera update takes place. Since we're talking about Dark Shadows, Johnny Depp is of course present as the vampire Barnabas Collins, along with Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, and Jackie Earle Haley as the mooching Willie Loomis. One whole image, though, is just of an impressively huge staircase.
If you're a fan of Tim Burton's work, more specifically stuff like Edward Scissorhands, The Corpse Bride, or Ed Wood as opposed to say, Alice in Wonderland or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, then you're going to really like the newly released teaser trailer for Frankenweenie. The second Burton-directed movie to hit theaters this year is a black and white stop motion animated feature looks like it's packed with the sort of elements that won Burton so many fans in the first place. It's stylized, sweet, thoroughly morbid, and happily playful. Oh and it has some nice Danny Elfman score, of course.
A new behind the scenes featurette promoting next month's 21 Jump Street has made its way online. Like the thoroughly dated 1987-1991 series on which it's conceptually based, the comedic action film is based around the notion of grown-up cops going undercover at a high school to infiltrate a drug ring. This featurette, however, focuses on the two lead cops, played by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, when they themselves were still awkward adolescents. That means Tataum as a delightfully meatheaded jock and Hill with braces and terrible bleached hair.
After some ballyhoo last year, Disney's big budget western actioner The Lone Ranger is currently in production on location in New Mexico under the direction of Gore Verbinski. Armie Hammer is starring as the title character alongside Johnny Depp as Tonto in the Jerry Bruckheimer mega-project, but who will the heroic duo face off against? In a last-minute addition to the cast, consistently great character actor William Fichtner has been cast as the villain.
Hey, it's a one-two punch of news relating to summer projects from Tim Burton and Seth Grahame-Smith. First we had the teaser trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the 3D action-epic produced by directed by Timur Bekmambetov, produced by Burton, and based on the mashup novel by Grahame-Smith. Now we have a new image from Dark Shadows, the cinematic update of creator Dan Curtis's creaky but nonetheless beloved gothic soap opera that ran from 1966-1970.