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Yep, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton are doing Dark Shadows next year

11.04.2010

It seems like we just reported this recently (and indeed we did), but now it's been super-extra-verified: Johnny Depp and Tim Burton are finally making DARK SHADOWS.

Deadline says that work will start next April on the movie, one of Depp's pet projects he's been struggling for years to get on the big screen. This means that all the other things the actor has recently been rumored or pursued for (SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, THE THIN MAN, THE LONE RANGER, Kathryn Bigelow's TRIPLE FRONTIER) will sit on the bench while Depp slips on the Barnabus fangs.

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 show lasted over a thousand episodes.

Writer Seth Grahame-Smith (PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES and ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER) is the latest guy to take a stab at the script, after Burton regular John August.

Extra Tidbit: I'd still be interested in seeing that unaired 2004 "Dark Shadows" pilot, that featured gals like Kelly Hu, Marley Shelton, Jenna Dewan and up-and-comer Jessica Chastain.
Source: Deadline

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8:05PM on 11/07/2010
Finally
Finally
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12:01PM on 11/05/2010

love the idea...

but i'm still not sure that Depp is the best for Barnabus Collins.
but i'm still not sure that Depp is the best for Barnabus Collins.
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6:19AM on 11/05/2010
Finally,will be neat to see Johnny play the reluctant Vampire- Barnabas Collins.I'd still luv to see Charlize Theron brought on as (Witch)Angelique,Charlize has some resemblance to the beautiful actress Lara Parker,and the versatility for that role,would be a gr8 homage to the original series.
Finally,will be neat to see Johnny play the reluctant Vampire- Barnabas Collins.I'd still luv to see Charlize Theron brought on as (Witch)Angelique,Charlize has some resemblance to the beautiful actress Lara Parker,and the versatility for that role,would be a gr8 homage to the original series.
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3:47AM on 11/05/2010
Burton should bring Winnona Ryder into this project!
Burton should bring Winnona Ryder into this project!
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8:27AM on 11/05/2010
She would actually be perfect for Victoria Winters, Barnabus' love interest
She would actually be perfect for Victoria Winters, Barnabus' love interest
2:22AM on 11/05/2010

Sweet!

More dark coolness this way comes!
More dark coolness this way comes!
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1:45AM on 11/05/2010

No thank you.

As much as I admire Burton, his cooperation with Depp has become quite tired and is actually rather predictable. I would much rather see a completely original project, or in the very least, a sequel to 'Beetlejuice' or 'Pee Wee's Big Adventure'.
As much as I admire Burton, his cooperation with Depp has become quite tired and is actually rather predictable. I would much rather see a completely original project, or in the very least, a sequel to 'Beetlejuice' or 'Pee Wee's Big Adventure'.
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2:18AM on 11/05/2010
with ya'.
with ya'.
3:47PM on 11/05/2010
I totally agree with you on that one. I'm not a very big Burton fan, or Depp fan either, but their collaborations to me seem to be their weak links. I like Burton's films without Depp, and I like Depp's films without Burton. Come one guys, time to try something new. I think most everyone knows you work well together, but it's time to branch out and try something new. I'd hate to think what would happen to Burton's career if Depp suddenly died.
I totally agree with you on that one. I'm not a very big Burton fan, or Depp fan either, but their collaborations to me seem to be their weak links. I like Burton's films without Depp, and I like Depp's films without Burton. Come one guys, time to try something new. I think most everyone knows you work well together, but it's time to branch out and try something new. I'd hate to think what would happen to Burton's career if Depp suddenly died.
1:25AM on 11/05/2010
YES!!!! I just started watching this show through Netflix and I cannot get enough of it. Post 1996 every other Tim Burton film has been really good so since Alice sucked this has to be awesome. I wonder who they're going to get for Barnabus' rival Burke Devlin.
YES!!!! I just started watching this show through Netflix and I cannot get enough of it. Post 1996 every other Tim Burton film has been really good so since Alice sucked this has to be awesome. I wonder who they're going to get for Barnabus' rival Burke Devlin.
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11:53PM on 11/04/2010
I would like to see Burton grow as a filmmaker. But his style has recently crossed into predictability, not to mention everything he is doing lately has been a remake or an adaptation.
I would like to see Burton grow as a filmmaker. But his style has recently crossed into predictability, not to mention everything he is doing lately has been a remake or an adaptation.
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11:49PM on 11/04/2010

Damn

I guess this means no more Monsterpocalypse which means his battle with Spielberg over the name is lost which means the movie will probably be shelved. :(
I guess this means no more Monsterpocalypse which means his battle with Spielberg over the name is lost which means the movie will probably be shelved. :(
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11:46PM on 11/04/2010

Yes

This makes me extremely happy. Burton and Depp are a dream team. I hope Elfman does the score, he's brilliant.
This makes me extremely happy. Burton and Depp are a dream team. I hope Elfman does the score, he's brilliant.
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2:09AM on 11/05/2010
So do I, some of Elfmans work is reimagined scores, his Mission Impossible score for the first film was great
So do I, some of Elfmans work is reimagined scores, his Mission Impossible score for the first film was great
11:37PM on 11/04/2010
I wonder if Danny Elfman will be composing the musical score...
I wonder if Danny Elfman will be composing the musical score...
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2:28AM on 11/05/2010
Hope so! He needs to work more with Burton. That's a joke.
Hope so! He needs to work more with Burton. That's a joke.
11:29PM on 11/04/2010
This movie has to get made.
This movie has to get made.
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11:00PM on 11/04/2010

I approve

If anyone can make an awesome movie from the source material it's Tim Burton. And if anyone can act marvelously in a Tim Burton film it's Johnny Depp. :)
If anyone can make an awesome movie from the source material it's Tim Burton. And if anyone can act marvelously in a Tim Burton film it's Johnny Depp. :)
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10:34PM on 11/04/2010

I'm there!

No matter what movie or script or screenplay... If it has Depp + Burton, I'm there!!!
No matter what movie or script or screenplay... If it has Depp + Burton, I'm there!!!
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