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Jackie Earle Haley wakes up Johnny Depp in the Dark Shadows remake

02.02.2011
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Johnny Depp is finally baring his fangs and seeing his pet project DARK SHADOWS rise from the mists, and he'll be joined by another spooky visage: Jackie Earle Haley.

Deadline says that Haley (WATCHMEN) is in talks to join the Tim Burton-directed movie as Willie Loomis, a hopeless drifter who embarks on a grave-robbing spree at a mausoleum, unwittingly releasing vampire Barnabas Collins back into the world. Newly enlisted as the vampire's slave, Willie gradually learns the value of compassion and respect.

Deadline also claims that actress Bella Heathcoate may play Victoria Winters, the governess of the Collins estate. Heathcoate was recently on the lengthy list of actresses up for the Snow White role in Universal's SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (it looks like TWILIGHT star Kristen Stewart got that part).

The cult shock-soap from the 1960s followed a Maine family dealing with bizarre and supernatural occurrences involving vampires, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks and time travel. The initial series lasted over a thousand episodes, and the show was resurrected in the 1990s with Ben Cross as Barnabas.

Writer Seth Grahame-Smith (PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES and ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER) handled the script, and the movie is gearing up for an April start and a release some time in 2012.

Extra Tidbit: An annual DARK SHADOWS convention has been held since 1983.
Source: Deadline

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9:11PM on 02/03/2011
2012's Sweeney Todd!
2012's Sweeney Todd!
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8:13AM on 02/03/2011
Some great names in there. Drop Burton and we got a movie!
Some great names in there. Drop Burton and we got a movie!
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11:57AM on 02/03/2011
off a cliff, preferably
off a cliff, preferably
2:40AM on 02/03/2011
cool! Never watched the tv show, but my mom said it used to scare her as a kid.
cool! Never watched the tv show, but my mom said it used to scare her as a kid.
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11:30PM on 02/02/2011
My crown jewel for the year of 2012. I have 10 volumes of this Gothic Soap-400 episodes + interviews with Cast-Writers-T.V. show Critics etc. Awesome series! 1,225 total episodes in actuality +20 pre-empted episodes =1,245 officially numbered. Can't wait to see probably my favorite Director Tim Burton, take on all this..not going to be an easy feat. + TIM! tap Charlize Theron for the role of Angelique!
My crown jewel for the year of 2012. I have 10 volumes of this Gothic Soap-400 episodes + interviews with Cast-Writers-T.V. show Critics etc. Awesome series! 1,225 total episodes in actuality +20 pre-empted episodes =1,245 officially numbered. Can't wait to see probably my favorite Director Tim Burton, take on all this..not going to be an easy feat. + TIM! tap Charlize Theron for the role of Angelique!
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11:25PM on 02/02/2011
I think this movie has potential to be great, considering how great of a team Depp and Burton make. Adding Jackie Earle Haley in another creepy role is just another step in the right direction.
I think this movie has potential to be great, considering how great of a team Depp and Burton make. Adding Jackie Earle Haley in another creepy role is just another step in the right direction.
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11:21PM on 02/02/2011
This movie could be a real masterpiece if one thing happens. Don't give Burton a budget.

With a budget, he goes cgi crazy and focuses less on acting and story and more on visuals. Take his huge budget away and we may just get an Ed Wood level masterpiece. Please Burton, there's potential here. Don't screw it up.
This movie could be a real masterpiece if one thing happens. Don't give Burton a budget.

With a budget, he goes cgi crazy and focuses less on acting and story and more on visuals. Take his huge budget away and we may just get an Ed Wood level masterpiece. Please Burton, there's potential here. Don't screw it up.
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