Johnny Depp Might Have Dark Shadows in His Future
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?