Johnny Depp Might Have Dark Shadows in His Future

June 24, 2009
Source: Collider

Johnny Depp - Dark Shadows

Sure, Alice in Wonderland hasn't come out yet (hell, it's not even finished), but what's coming up next for Johnny Depp? In a recent conversation with Collider, the actor revealed that his next project will most likely be the adaptation of the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows. Here's the news straight from Depp: "Dark Shadows is happening. Tim [Burton] is working on Alice in Wonderland which is obviously quite a large piece of work there. So when Tim is done with Alice and we get the script, which is very, very close, in order we'll probably attack it next year. It's exciting, very exciting. It's like a lifelong dream for me."

It's fairly common knowledge that Depp has, what he calls, a "lifelong dream" to be Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows. ("I loved the show when I was a kid. I was obsessed with Barnabas Collins. I have photographs of me holding Barnabas Collins posters when I was five or six. I'm very excited to do it.") Dark Shadows ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971, logging over 1200 episodes filled with ghosts, ghouls, vampires, zombies, werewolves, parallel universes, and time-paradoxes. So, it's like The Hills, but more believable. The small troop of actors on the show often played multiple roles, the "special" effects make Wolverine look amazing, and the acting (often captured in a single take) makes Megan Fox look like Meryl Streep.

Basically, it's the perfect property to be brought back from the dead. And it's doubly perfect for Tim Burton, who is set to direct, John August, who is writing the screenplay, and Johnny Depp. But they better strike fast before that damn Twilight franchise sucks all the life out of the ongoing vampire craze. Sure, it may not be a real stretch for Depp or Burton - a gothic camp classic resurrected for a modern audience - but, to be honest, I couldn't care less. This is exactly what I love seeing from both of them. More of that dark, creepy, gothic goodness from both will certainly keep me excited. Any Dark Shadow-ites out there? Anyone?

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Reader Feedback - 16 Comments


Jesus, is Tim Burton putting something in Johnny's water? He just keeps going back!

Mark on Jun 24, 2009


It is true that this movie may miss the vampire ark by the time this movie is released. At this pace how does 2011 sound? Is Tim Burton going to take up all of the remaining months in this year to complete Alice?

Immortal on Jun 24, 2009


The world doesn't need another Tim Burton movie.

crumb on Jun 24, 2009


Barnabas lives! Depp is the only one that can pull this off.....and ditto to Burton!

Tim "Cloverfield" on Jun 24, 2009


I love both Burton and Depp so I'm sure this will be great. Though I do miss the days when Depp was not just doing Burton films and pirates. Hopefully he'll make time for the Riddler...

Caitie on Jun 24, 2009


The world will ALWAYS need another Tim Burton movie. The guy is a genius, and it's a shame that Depp is one of the only actors gifted enough to handle his body of work. Alice is gonna rock, and Dark Shadows seems like the perfect vessel for yet another crazy Tim Burton Ride.

Cadet One on Jun 24, 2009


My dad would always put this on before I went to Kindergarten lol I love it so much and wish Scifi would play it again

Seth Steele on Jun 25, 2009


wow, wow, wow. what about rum diaries?

Marsius on Jun 25, 2009


I can't say much about the original Dark Shadows, but I enjoyed the 90s remake very much. I thought Ben Cross was perfect in the role. I think the last few years and collaborations with Tim Burton has allowed Johnny Depp to come into his own as an actor and he has really become one of my favorite actors.

Josh on Jun 25, 2009


Extremely excited, even more than Depp himself!

Powka on Jun 25, 2009


"ghosts, ghouls, vampires, zombies, werewolves, parallel universes, and time-paradoxes" This really does have all the material to make a great movie! I used to watch that show as a kid and was always wierded out a bit.. the only problem I see, and its with all due respect to Burton, is that he is great at creating a mood, great environments, great characters, but then the story usually falls kinda flat, its another director I watch for his ideas and his eye, but hardly ever a tight story! exciting.

lando on Jun 26, 2009


OMG! Dark Shadows never died! I attend the Dark Shadows Conventions every 2 to 3 years. Unfortunately, I can't make it this year. (Mid_August in NJ.) I hope Tim Burton keeps true to the original. Making it campy would just be blasphemy!

Bite me Angelique! on Jul 24, 2009


the part that ticked me off was that it will make megan fox's acting look like meryl streep! give me a break no one can compare especially not megan fox! megan fox is only just another pretty face without much talent and it's so dumb that looks outweigh!

Amanda on Jul 30, 2009


I surly hope that if there is a movie made of "Dark Shadows" Tim Burton keeps with the original series. Johnny Depp would make a great Barnabas Collins. Since Mr. Depp is a true "Dark Shadows" fan I hope he too helps hold the movie true to the original series. Only a true fan would keep the movie as true to the series as possible. So, I have high hopes for this movie. I hope only the best actors are cast for the rolls. "Dark Shadows" holds a speacial place in my heart. I remember I would hurry home to watch "Dark Shadows" with my Mother everyday after school.

Karen on Aug 21, 2009


I hope Tim and Johnny remember that it is the "more mature" people that will be wanting to see this "Dark Shadows" movie. I hope they don't mess it up by trying to appeal too much to the younger crowd or all we will see is a bunch of pretty faces on the big screen with very little acting. I would truly love to see this movie done well by great actors than just a bunch of pretty faces on the screen. Please do this movie justice!

Karen on Aug 21, 2009


As a Dark Shadows fanatic I am elated to hear that Johnny Depp will be playing Barnabas Collins. No one can pull it off like him, especially with Tim Burton at the helm. I can hardly wait. I guess I'll have to get my VHS tapes out, and my recently added DVD's. I am prepared to OD at Collinwood.

Marie on Dec 29, 2009

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