Seth Grahame-Smith Hired to Pen Tim Burton's Dark Shadows

July 15, 2010

Dark Shadows

Since the project was announced over two years ago, we've seen little to no progression on Dark Shadows, the updated remake of the 60's daytime supernatural soap opera that originally starred Jonathan Frid as a 175-year-old vampire named Barnabas Collins. Johnny Depp has been attached to produce and star in the adaptation since the project's inception with Tim Burton directing. Awhile back, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory collaborator John August was involved (presumably in a writing capacity), but now Variety reports that author Seth Grahame-Smith (of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!) has signed on to write the script.

Grahame-Smith has already been linked to another Tim Burton project as he is adapting his other alternate history novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, with Burton & Timur Bekmambetov producing. Though this is certainly a step forward in development, we still don't have a solid release date for Dark Shadows yet. The only hint at an estimated release is sometime before 2014 since the film was mentioned in the package deal for WB to release up to 20 of their films in IMAX through 2013. If the hype surrounding vampires and Depp comes together sooner than later, this will definitely be quite an anticipated film. Still interested?

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Depp and Burton are making a movie together?! ...That'll NEVER work

peloquin on Jul 15, 2010


Maybe.. but this was a daytime soap opera, and whilst being spooky was stilll pretty tame and dealt more with the relationships of the people around Barnabus rather than all out SFX horror.... so IMAX? I don't get it, probably be filming it in 3D next, 'More tea Vicar?'... in your face!

Crystal on Jul 16, 2010


if they really are going to do this, they simply MUST find a way to pay a little homage to the episode where Barnabus (Jonathan) couldnt get his fangs in and had this really long pause with his back to the camera while he was trying to get them fitted in properly...everybody howled over that one...

blasphemer on Jul 17, 2010

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