Consulting Producer Jim Pierson recently announced that Tim Burton’s film version of Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp, Eva Green, and Michelle Pfeiffer will premiere in May 2012. Based on the old television series of the 1970s, the movie has been gathering interest since Burton announced plans to revive the vampire/soap show which garnered a massive following in its heyday. It wasn't just the monsters that made the gothic show stand out from other soaps of the day. Most daytime dramas have protracted plots that last years, but Dark Shadows told smaller concentrated stories in a similar format to today's telenovelas. They had whole continuities that transported the story through time, allowing cast members to portray their own ancestors. The unusual format kept the audience guessing since writers could kill off major characters since the actors could return as ghosts or other versions of themselves in other stories.