Depp and Burton's 'Dark Shadows' Finally Set to Shoot Next Year
Though we knew it was coming soon, despite rumors that Tim Burton mind end up working on something else in the meantime, Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros' new take on Dark Shadows, with Johnny Depp starring as the vampire Barnabas Collins, will start shooting next April. Burton will be directing from a screenplay re-written by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter author Seth Grahame-Smith, as John August (Big Fish, Corpse Bride, The Nines) wrote the first draft. It was originally supposed to start production this year, but was pushed to January, now all the way back to April. But at least it's pretty much ready to go now!
Burton has been linked to multiple projects recently, like Monsterpocalypse at DreamWorks Animation, a Mai The Psychic Girl adaptation, and his upcoming animated Frankenweenie and Addams Family movies, but alas he's set to head into the Dark Shadows next (had to make that pun). Dark Shadows is based on a 1960s gothic daytime serial that feature vampires, ghosts, ghouls, zombies, werewolves, parallel universes and time-paradoxes, that Burton described as "part campy melodrama, part dead serious—and decidedly odd—storytelling." I'm curious to see how both August and Grahame-Smith have reshaped the classic TV show into a modern movie that Burton is bringing to life with Depp. It will certainly be interesting to see.
With pre-production now underway, I'm sure we'll start to hear more about this, including eventually some casting beyond just Depp. But for those who are fans of Burton, Johnny Depp, Dark Shadows, or are simply excited to see Depp portray the 175-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins, this is wonderful news. Stay tuned!