Depp and Burton's 'Dark Shadows' Finally Set to Shoot Next Year

November 4, 2010
Source: Deadline

Tim Burton / Dark Shadows

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!

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Jesus on Nov 4, 2010


WHo cares?I was hoping they would start on Monsterpocalypse for 2012...oh well.

jah p on Nov 4, 2010


You know I watched every single episode of the original series with my dad, along with the movies and i'm actually excited to see how this turns out.

Corey Dockendorf on Nov 4, 2010


Dark Shadows was Goth before there was any Goth movement. It was also very atmospheric and creepy. One thing it was not, Mr. Burton, was Camp. The actors were not winking at the camera, and the scripts were not played for laughs. The fact that Burton is calling it 'Part-Camp' tells me that he's getting ready to give us another 're-imagining' ala 'Planet of the Apes.'

uberman on Nov 4, 2010


No way Depp and Burton...who would of thunk?

CONSCRIPT on Nov 5, 2010


I hope they don't screw this one up. I respect Depp, but if he and burton go for over the top performances, then they will have missed a grand opportunity for a great movie.

JIm on Nov 5, 2010

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