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12.04.2008

Collider spoke with producer Richard Zanuck and is now reporting that following ALICE IN WONDERLAND Tim Burton and Johnny Depp will team up to make a big screen adaptation of DARK SHADOWS, a show from the 1960s or some such shit. I don't know, I wasn't alive back then, so whatever. This will be Burton's next film.

The movie will be about what happens when a governess arrives at the Collins' family mansion to find that there are vampires afoot. The gothic soap opera also featured werewolves, ghosts, zombies, man-made monsters, witches and warlocks. Wow, why wasn't Guillermo Del Toro asked to make this? They could have had Del Toro invite Depp over for dinner and then just sent an intern with a camcorder to his house and filmed what happened. They would have saved a ton of money since I'm pretty sure that's what his house is like anyway. Except there would probably have been winged creatures with tons of eyes too. He loves those things.
Extra Tidbit: Depp is godfather to one of Burton's kids.
Source: Collider

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12:49PM on 12/05/2008

really now....

Isn't it obvious that Thoo is kidding around? Any usual reader of this site should know that Thoo usually goes for the lulz. I look forward to his articles because I'm sure I'll get at least one chuckle out of each of them.

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Isn't it obvious that Thoo is kidding around? Any usual reader of this site should know that Thoo usually goes for the lulz. I look forward to his articles because I'm sure I'll get at least one chuckle out of each of them.

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12:29PM on 12/05/2008

You must love THOO

Because you double posted - either that or your an idiot - the perfect fan. My complaint is not with Depp or Burton - but his regular trivializing dismissal of things he doesn't know about. It's just as much a complaint with how the site assigns "journalists" to stories. I know they have a shoestring budget - but I don't think it's too much to ask to have them farm out stories to the people on staff who might have an interest. It would make for better reading. At the least the "some such
Because you double posted - either that or your an idiot - the perfect fan. My complaint is not with Depp or Burton - but his regular trivializing dismissal of things he doesn't know about. It's just as much a complaint with how the site assigns "journalists" to stories. I know they have a shoestring budget - but I don't think it's too much to ask to have them farm out stories to the people on staff who might have an interest. It would make for better reading. At the least the "some such shit" comments should end. The takeaway is that he doesn't know about, but whenever he reports on that stuff,. the implication is that if he doesn't know about it - it's not worth knowing about. Which is kind of ironic, considering this is a site that is supposed to be about breaking stories that people aren't aware of. He's a crappy writer. I'll agree he is "a man" but please, point out some evidence that suggests he should be considered "the man". Unless this is just a member sock account for J Thoo.
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8:32AM on 12/05/2008
Doesn't really interest me as a film, but we can be fairly secure in the knowledge that it won't be anywhere near as bad as the original TV series. Thoroughly dull show, considering the theme.
Doesn't really interest me as a film, but we can be fairly secure in the knowledge that it won't be anywhere near as bad as the original TV series. Thoroughly dull show, considering the theme.
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12:38AM on 12/05/2008

cmon i love thoo

screw all of you THOO IS THE MAN.
I'm equally apathetic towards this i used to love burton and depp, still like majority of depps work, only like certain burton movies like beetlejuice. But Burton needs to stop doing adaptations. It just seems like he thinks he's so amazing that he wants to adapt anything to show us what he can do with it. Depp is the only reason why his movies still have the power that they do.
screw all of you THOO IS THE MAN.
I'm equally apathetic towards this i used to love burton and depp, still like majority of depps work, only like certain burton movies like beetlejuice. But Burton needs to stop doing adaptations. It just seems like he thinks he's so amazing that he wants to adapt anything to show us what he can do with it. Depp is the only reason why his movies still have the power that they do.
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12:38AM on 12/05/2008

cmon i love thoo

screw all of you THOO IS THE MAN.
I'm equally apathetic towards this i used to love burton and depp, still like majority of depps work, only like certain burton movies like beetlejuice. But Burton needs to stop doing adaptations. It just seems like he thinks he's so amazing that he wants to adapt anything to show us what he can do with it. Depp is the only reason why his movies still have the power that they do.
screw all of you THOO IS THE MAN.
I'm equally apathetic towards this i used to love burton and depp, still like majority of depps work, only like certain burton movies like beetlejuice. But Burton needs to stop doing adaptations. It just seems like he thinks he's so amazing that he wants to adapt anything to show us what he can do with it. Depp is the only reason why his movies still have the power that they do.
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11:27PM on 12/04/2008

wow.

how does thoo still have a job here?
how does thoo still have a job here?
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11:18PM on 12/04/2008

Thoo is pridefully ignit

"a show from the 1960s or some such shit. I don't know, I wasn't alive back then, so whatever."

Nice - way to phone it in. I hope you don't introduce yourself as a "journalist", but instead as "a guy who finds some stuff and robbles about it and shit. Whatever."
"a show from the 1960s or some such shit. I don't know, I wasn't alive back then, so whatever."

Nice - way to phone it in. I hope you don't introduce yourself as a "journalist", but instead as "a guy who finds some stuff and robbles about it and shit. Whatever."
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10:39PM on 12/04/2008
I must say this is the sort of film that not only is good for Burton and Depp, but begs for their (or Del Toro's) involvement.
I must say this is the sort of film that not only is good for Burton and Depp, but begs for their (or Del Toro's) involvement.
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8:16PM on 12/04/2008
Yea, great work thoo. Informatve as always.

I love the Depp and Burton combo. Love Depp's 110% attitude when acting and Burton's creative eye. They work great together.

What happened to the Ripley's Believe It Or Not movie? Wasn't Burton in talks about that?
Yea, great work thoo. Informatve as always.

I love the Depp and Burton combo. Love Depp's 110% attitude when acting and Burton's creative eye. They work great together.

What happened to the Ripley's Believe It Or Not movie? Wasn't Burton in talks about that?
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6:43PM on 12/04/2008
I can understand those that are getting annoyed with the "Depurton" pairing, but I think this one works with the two considering the fact that it is more in the "vein" of Edward Scissorhands (vampire pun *natch*). It's about a vampire who wants to become human. If that doesn't scream for these two guys, I don't know what does.

Who wants to bet that Burton will cast Mrs. Bonham Carter in the role of Angelique?
I can understand those that are getting annoyed with the "Depurton" pairing, but I think this one works with the two considering the fact that it is more in the "vein" of Edward Scissorhands (vampire pun *natch*). It's about a vampire who wants to become human. If that doesn't scream for these two guys, I don't know what does.

Who wants to bet that Burton will cast Mrs. Bonham Carter in the role of Angelique?
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5:49PM on 12/04/2008
I'd agree with No_Fun, I think Burton was a bad choice for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that film just seemed to lack all the magic and wonder of the original. Heck I work at a school and even the kids liked the 30 year old original more than the moden version (which is a very rare thing). However I think Burton's style is much better suited for Alice in Wonderland plus starring a lot of people who aren't your typical regulars alongside your Depps and Carters so I'm actually pretty excited
I'd agree with No_Fun, I think Burton was a bad choice for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that film just seemed to lack all the magic and wonder of the original. Heck I work at a school and even the kids liked the 30 year old original more than the moden version (which is a very rare thing). However I think Burton's style is much better suited for Alice in Wonderland plus starring a lot of people who aren't your typical regulars alongside your Depps and Carters so I'm actually pretty excited for it.
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5:42PM on 12/04/2008

Depp & Burton ... Again

Um, this news was out two months ago.

I'm a bit sick of the D&B-combination also. Mostly, the movies are actually good, but somehow they lose impact because of the returning feeling that I saw it all before.
Um, this news was out two months ago.

I'm a bit sick of the D&B-combination also. Mostly, the movies are actually good, but somehow they lose impact because of the returning feeling that I saw it all before.
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5:29PM on 12/04/2008

No suprises here then.

Before I say anything, Big Fish was Brilliant, end of story.

As much as I like Johnny depp and Tim Burton (which is alot) I'm gettting bored of seeing them together. Sweeny Todd was good and all but it was just you know, same old same old...predictably strange. I wasn't moved by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Corpse Bride so naturally Alice doesn't have me excited or this news. But on this occasion I would like to be proven wrong. I'd just, well, like to see them stray and try other
Before I say anything, Big Fish was Brilliant, end of story.

As much as I like Johnny depp and Tim Burton (which is alot) I'm gettting bored of seeing them together. Sweeny Todd was good and all but it was just you know, same old same old...predictably strange. I wasn't moved by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Corpse Bride so naturally Alice doesn't have me excited or this news. But on this occasion I would like to be proven wrong. I'd just, well, like to see them stray and try other things and return to the quality work they're known for.
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5:10PM on 12/04/2008

You've never seen Dark Shadows?

I heard about this project a few months ago and I am so pleased to see that it is now official!
They just need to cast me in it =)
I heard about this project a few months ago and I am so pleased to see that it is now official!
They just need to cast me in it =)
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5:10PM on 12/04/2008
Actually Thizzel, Big Fish honestly was Burton's reaction to a mid-life crisis. And like you said, it and PotA were last movies that weren't overtly goth and didn't star Johnny Depp.

Like everyone else, I like Burton and Depp when they do something really good (Like Edward Scissorhands or Ed Wood) but having them team up on every freakin' project just gets old.
Actually Thizzel, Big Fish honestly was Burton's reaction to a mid-life crisis. And like you said, it and PotA were last movies that weren't overtly goth and didn't star Johnny Depp.

Like everyone else, I like Burton and Depp when they do something really good (Like Edward Scissorhands or Ed Wood) but having them team up on every freakin' project just gets old.
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5:09PM on 12/04/2008

yawn

As others have said, it's amazing that Thoo is allowed to write for a site like this and not even open a new tab, search wikipedia for Dark Shadows and give us a brief sentence about it. No, his lack of knowledge will be "funny"...maybe?
As others have said, it's amazing that Thoo is allowed to write for a site like this and not even open a new tab, search wikipedia for Dark Shadows and give us a brief sentence about it. No, his lack of knowledge will be "funny"...maybe?
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4:35PM on 12/04/2008
"a show from the 1960s or some such shit. I don't know, I wasn't alive back then, so whatever."

Informative. Thanks, Jim.
"a show from the 1960s or some such shit. I don't know, I wasn't alive back then, so whatever."

Informative. Thanks, Jim.
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2:23PM on 12/04/2008

YESSSSS!!!!!!!!

YESSSSS!!!!!!!!
YESSSSS!!!!!!!!
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1:57PM on 12/04/2008
Depp & Burton + vampires, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, and man-made monsters = my kind of movie.
Depp & Burton + vampires, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, and man-made monsters = my kind of movie.
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1:50PM on 12/04/2008
Is it just me, or does it seem like Burton must of been having a mid life crisis or something when he filmed Planet of the Apes. Because I have yet to see him make another movie like that.

And by "like that" I mean a movie that is not emo/goth and stars someone other than Depp.

Guess my point is, it would be nice to see Burton attempt to broaden his horizons again.
Is it just me, or does it seem like Burton must of been having a mid life crisis or something when he filmed Planet of the Apes. Because I have yet to see him make another movie like that.

And by "like that" I mean a movie that is not emo/goth and stars someone other than Depp.

Guess my point is, it would be nice to see Burton attempt to broaden his horizons again.
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1:34PM on 12/04/2008

Come ON DEPPURTON

Its official. Had I not heard this news, I may have gone and given my money to Alice In Wnderland. But now that they are just lining up the DeppUrton projects on down the line, my money will stay in my pocket every time they pair up. A good director can and should branch out with other talent, just as a good actor should do the same when it comes to the Directors they choose to work with.

Boring. Played. Finished.
Its official. Had I not heard this news, I may have gone and given my money to Alice In Wnderland. But now that they are just lining up the DeppUrton projects on down the line, my money will stay in my pocket every time they pair up. A good director can and should branch out with other talent, just as a good actor should do the same when it comes to the Directors they choose to work with.

Boring. Played. Finished.
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1:28PM on 12/04/2008

"The James Thoo School of Not Even Trying"

"an adaptation of DARK SHADOWS, a show from the 1960s or some such shit. I don't know, I wasn't alive back then, so whatever."

Dark Shadows was before my time too, but I did catch re-runs on back in the 80's every once in a while. It has a huge cult following (comparable to... oh I don't know, Mike Patton?). I think they even have Dark Shadows fan conventions.

In any case, I think it has some really cool potential. "Count" me in. (oh, that was just bad.)
"an adaptation of DARK SHADOWS, a show from the 1960s or some such shit. I don't know, I wasn't alive back then, so whatever."

Dark Shadows was before my time too, but I did catch re-runs on back in the 80's every once in a while. It has a huge cult following (comparable to... oh I don't know, Mike Patton?). I think they even have Dark Shadows fan conventions.

In any case, I think it has some really cool potential. "Count" me in. (oh, that was just bad.)
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1:20PM on 12/04/2008
I dunno. Alice in Wonderland has the distinct possibility of being damn good, but these two really need to chill out and Depp needs to try and emphasize rather than downplay the fact that he's an actor, not just Burton's go-to guy. Maybe that sounds silly, but it's hard to think of him otherwise sometimes. As for Burton, the man has made some great movies, but throwing Burton-style on the screen and calling it a movie doesn't always cut it (see: Sleepy Hollow-garbage movie). I know it's been
I dunno. Alice in Wonderland has the distinct possibility of being damn good, but these two really need to chill out and Depp needs to try and emphasize rather than downplay the fact that he's an actor, not just Burton's go-to guy. Maybe that sounds silly, but it's hard to think of him otherwise sometimes. As for Burton, the man has made some great movies, but throwing Burton-style on the screen and calling it a movie doesn't always cut it (see: Sleepy Hollow-garbage movie). I know it's been said before, but he really should make more stuff along the lines of Ed Wood, Big Fish, or Edward Scissorhands. Movies with a more defined human element to them. I dunno thing one about Dark Shadows, I know of the show but I've never seen it and never had any significant desire to, so I'm mostly apathetic at this point. I'll leave my mind open 'til I see a trailer or some other info. But the idea of a Burton-Depp collaboration doesn't get me excited anymore. How could it?

I should watch Sweeney Todd again though; fell asleep in the middle of it the first time around.
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12:53PM on 12/04/2008
Let's hope that these guys treat the material seriously. Dark Shadows has the potential to be a great vampire tale.The original tv show was awesome but the 90's remake sucked big time!
Let's hope that these guys treat the material seriously. Dark Shadows has the potential to be a great vampire tale.The original tv show was awesome but the 90's remake sucked big time!
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12:07PM on 12/04/2008
I think del Toro is a little busy with THE HOBBIT right now.
I think del Toro is a little busy with THE HOBBIT right now.
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