One of the most perfect examples of studios utilizing 3D as a cash grab happened last year when Alice in Wonderland was released. Rather than shooting the film with the newly-developed cameras, director Tim Burton decided to make the movie using conventional technology and use post-conversion to take care of the 3D. The result had Johnny Depp dressed up as the Mad Hatter looking like a cardboard cutout running around a green-screened Wonderland. Needless to say, moviegoers felt largely cheated by the whole affair (not to mention it simply wasn't that good a movie). Fortunately, Burton doesn't have plans to steal your $4 again next year.

Speaking with The Wrap during his exhibit opening at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the director spoke a bit about his most recent project, Dark Shadows (which just began production recently), which he confirmed won't be in 3D. "I have no plans for that," Burton said about the possibility of a three dimensional Barnabas Collins. "I loved doing Alice in 3D. Freankeweenie[sic], gonna do that in 3D. There’s people like, 'Everything’s gonna be in 3D,' or "I hate 3D!' I think people should have a choice. I don’t think it should be forced on anybody."

Burton also talked about the tone that he's going for with the film. Asked if it will have the soap opera elements that the original show had, the Edward Scissorhands filmmaker says he's not entirely sure yet. "I’m early into it because it’s a funny tone, and that’s part of what the vibe of the show is, and there’s something about it that we want to get," said Burton. "But when you look at it, it’s pretty bad. I’m hoping that it will be -- it’s early days, let’s put it -- I’m very intrigued by the tone." Going further, he said, "It’s a real ethereal tone we’re trying to go for and I don’t know yet."

From Burton's comments it seems as though Burton is playing Dark Shadows by ear and it will be interesting to see what the result is. The film stars Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Lily Collins, Jackie Earle Haley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Moretz, and Bella Heathcote. The film is set to be released on May 11, 2012.

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