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Depp's Dark Shadows

07.27.2007
Wow, some news that's not from Comic Con! And... some odd news at that. How about Johnny Depp as... a vampire?

Depp will star in a Warner Bros. feature film based on the old 60s shock-soap DARK SHADOWS, slipping on the fangs to play self-loathing yet sympathetic bloodsucker Barnabas Collins. The long-running show (over a thousand episodes) about a Maine family dealing with bizarre occurrences still has a large and obsessive fan base, of which Depp apparently counts himself.

In addition to vampires, the show also featured a wide variety of supernatural elements including werewolves, ghosts, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks and time travel, all the more impressive considering its limited budget. It was briefly resurrected and remade in the 1990s with Ben Cross as Barnabas.
Extra Tidbit: This is actually Warner Bros.' second attempt -- a 2004 WB pilot (featuring hotties like Kelly Hu, Jenna Dewan and Marley Shelton) didn't get picked up for series.
Source: Variety

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