P.J. Hogan completed it. Right now Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are planning on doing a major motion picture version.
Honestly, I'd heard lots of disparaging things about it. Among those who seemed to dislike this pilot intensely was the man who introduced it! He was something of a personal assistant to Dan Curtis, the original creator of the series. One thing mentioned over and over again was "not Dan's vision." When it came to details, one complaint was that actress Marley Shelton, who played Victoria Winters was "allowed" (yes, that was the word he used) to have blond hair.
Just for the record--I don't give a damn about Dan Curtis' vision. My judgment is based on what ended up on screen, the story told and the characters whose lives I'm supposed to care about. Curtis got to tell his version undiluted in the motion picture House of Dark Shadows. It was fun. It also lacked nearly every single element that made me care about the show in the first place. And multiple reports from those involved say how much Curtis opposed the whole idea of making Barnabas the vampire sympathetic at all.
(It occurs to me some might be unfamiliar with Dark Shadows. A "gothic soap opera" aired during the late 1960s, this was the first television show to portray a vampire with sympathy. It made its star, Jonathan Frid, for a time a star in rather the same way as Leonard Nimoy was during the same period.)
The pilot was shown as part of the 2010 Dark Shadows Festival in Burbank this last weekend. Amongst fans of the original show many the cutting criticism has been aimed at the 2004 pilot.
Overall, methinks the 2004 pilot worked as a startling re-imagining of the story, supported by a top-knotch cast. Although incomplete (whole scenes were never finished, many special effects were unfinished, etc.) one could see the "shape" of the work. I rather understand why the plug was pulled--mostly a matter of style, at least IMHO. It "felt" more like a film than a t.v. show. Light for example was highly stylized, in a manner I suspect would be extremely difficult to sustain for 22 hour-long episodes. There was also an unrelenting tone of mystery, suspense, danger, etc. Again, hard to sustain. Even more importantly the story was almost unrelenting in its lack of humor or kindness. Really, the only hint of such was in Vicki's slight interaction with David and with Carolyn's scene with Joe. Among other things, this robs the more dramatic moments of some power by making them fail to stand out. Keep in mind this would also be my criticism of the motion picture House of Dark Shadows. In the 1991 version, for example, some touching scenes involving Willie Loomis popped up almost every other episode. One reason I still prefer Frid's Barnabas over Ben Cross is that the former smiled and seemed to mean it.
Now to the good. A lot of plot holes from previous versions seemed closed. How for example did Willie not end up drained to the last drop by the no-doubt ravenous Barnabas? In this version, Willie has a girlfriend/accomplice who slakes the vampire's thirst. Julia Hoffman seems to take over the role given to Dave Woodard before now--a respected local doctor. Much more logical, and the glimpse we got of her conveyed a sharp intelligence coupled with a fascination over these strange attacks in Collinsport. David really does come across as a disturbed little boy, and Vicki as someone qualified to deal with him (which helps explain the equivalent of a governess in this day and age).
Performances seem excellent throughout, but most especially Carolyn (Jessica Chastain) and Roger (Martin Donovan), the latter coming across as someone with genuine complex reasons for his rather appalling behavior. Alexander Gould as David Collins also did extremely well. Barnabas, Vicki, Elizabeth and others did well but those three really shined. Matt Czuchry as Willie Loomis was more almost-funny than real, and frankly seemed to be mugging.
Overall I was left even more frustrated that the series never made it to the air. What I saw intrigued me and left me wanting more. Methinks it might well have accomplished what any such remake so needs to do--draw in new fans, new viewers (in the manner of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica--and with approximately as much howling from the die hard old fans).