Dark Shadows is currently shooting in London, working towards a May 11, 2012 release. Two new photos have arrived from the set, featuring a bloody Johnny Depp along with Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, and director Tim Burton. Click on the photos below to access our gallery, then read on below the pictures for more information on Dark Shadows.

<strong><em>Dark Shadows</em></strong> Photo #1

<strong><em>Dark Shadows</em></strong> Photo #2

The movie is set in the year 1972 and, according to screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith, there is a specific explanation for the period setting.

"Tim and Johnny took a long time explaining exactly why it had to be 1972. 1969 was too early and 1973 was too late. 1972 is right at the time when the hippie movement and all its peace and love is dying out and being replaced by this me-me-me generation in the '70s who are all about showing their wealth and having everything."

Producer Richard D. Zanuck also explained the decision to forego 3D for Dark Shadows.

"We discussed this quite a bit. We didn't want to be categorized as another 3D extravaganza, because this isn't. We have action sequences, but mostly it's interaction between characters, and that's where the humour and the story come from."