I thought I would just mention a few of the upcoming, highly anticipated, fantabulous, spectacularly awesome movies that Tim Burton is working on. Since I am madly in love with pretty much everything Tim Burton does (especially when it involves Johnny Depp), I feel they are worth mentioning.
Thanks to my online writing buddy, Shauna (THANKS!!), I am so excited about the movie 9 that is due out on 9/9/09. Here is a little blurb from Wikipedia:
9 is an upcoming animated action/fantasy film directed by Shane Acker and produced by filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov, director of Wanted. It is based on Acker's Academy Award-nominated short film of the same name. Although CGI, the movie will have a stylized look resembling stop motion which Tim Burton called "hauntingly beautiful". The film has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for violence and scary images
9 takes place in a world parallel to our own, in which the very legacy of humanity is threatened. A group of sapient rag dolls, living a post-apocalyptic existence find one of their own, 9 (Wood), who displays leadership qualities that may help them to survive.
The conflicted but resilient group includes 1 (Plummer), a domineering war veteran; 2 (Landau), an aged inventor; 5 (Reilly), a stalwart mechanic; 6 (Glover), a visionary and artist; and 7 (Connelly), a brave warrior. The trailer also depicts 3 and 4 as identical, hooded rag dolls whose numbers are on their back, and 8 as a hulking warrior, whose number is marked on his right shoulder unlike the others, who bear their numbers on their backs.
Then of course, there are the rumors of a Dark Shadows remake. I love Dark Shadows, even though it was made before my time (and yes, I did stay up late watching the marathons of the 90's remakes). I thank my dearest mum for that. Dark Shadows was one of her favorite shows growing up.
For those of you who don't know anything about Dark Shadows, here is what Wikipedia has to say:
Dark Shadows is a Gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966 to April 2, 1971. The show was created by Dan Curtis, who tells of a dream he had in which a girl takes a long train ride to visit a large mansion. The story "bible," which was written by Art Wallace, does not mention any supernatural elements. It was considered daring (and unprecedented in daytime television) when ghosts were introduced about six months after it began.
The series became hugely popular when, a year into its run, vampire Barnabas Collins, played by Jonathan Frid, appeared. In addition to vampires, Dark Shadows featured werewolves, ghosts, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel (both into the past and into the future), and a parallel universe.
Of course, what makes this project even better is that Johnny Depp wants to play Barnabas, the resident vampire. I can't wait for more news about this one!
And last, but not least, Alice in Wonderland, which is due out March 2010! Of course, I adored this book as a child. I can still remember my mom reading a chapter or two a night to me when I was little. Back then, some of the adventures were frightening to imagine. Now, I can't wait to see what Tim Burton does with it. His cinematography and art direction are exceptional! I love how everything is always so dark and gloomy. But, even if you are familiar with the book, you will be surprised by the movie. Apparently, this is telling a later story of the same Alice, just a little older than when the original story takes place. Alice returns to Wonderland, which, over the years has become a bit overgrown with a haunted quality. This is a new story that tells of Alice's rite of passage. Burton promises strong elements of color and a few surprises. And it doesn't hurt that Johnny Depp will be playing the Mad Hatter. Helena Bonham-Carter, Burton's long time partner, who also appears in many of his movies, will be playing the Red Queen. "Off with her head!" The rest of the cast doesn't disappoint, either.
Any movies, books, or albums that you are desperately awaiting?