Burton & Depp’s ‘Dark Shadows’ To Shoot Next Year

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

Dark Shadows Tim Burton and Johnny Depp Burton & Depps Dark Shadows To Shoot Next Year

One of cinema’s great cinematic pairings is Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, who as of their latest project, the highly anticipated adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, have worked together seven times. It’s a pairing that has worked very well every single time (as far as I’m concerned).

It’s no surprise then that the duo are continuing to work together, with a feature film adaptation of ABC’s 1960s gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows, being next on their slate. This project has been rumored for a very long time, with Depp finally coming on-board (along with his company) to produce in 2007 and Burton coming onboard as director in 2008.

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and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory scribe, John August, wrote the Dark Shadows screenplay, and just this summer Depp confirmed it’s definitely happening and that he’d be starring in it, if and when the project gets off the ground.

Producer Graham King spoke to SciFiWire about Dark Shadows and said the project’s moving forward, and will be shooting in the Fall of next year. He confirmed that Depp will play the role of broody vampire Barnabas Collins (Depp has previously said it was a childhood obsession of his), so he’ll be giving the Twilight franchise’s Robert Pattinson a run for his money. Tweens will certainly have their loyalties tested on that one icon razz Burton & Depps Dark Shadows To Shoot Next Year .

Johnny Depp as a vampire? That’ll work…

Even though Burton is currently in post-production on his Alice in Wonderland adaptation due out in March, 2010, Graham King is already prepping production on Dark Shadows alongside screenwriters so that it’s ready when Burton goes to shoot next Fall. The original screenplay was written by August, but some changes are being made:

“We’ve been working on the script a lot, even though he’s [Burton] working on Alice [in Wonderland]… We’ve been given a script. John August wrote the first screenplay. We’re making some changes, but the film’s going to be in production, as I say, September or October of next year.”

In case you’re not familiar with  it (read: not old enough to remember it), Dark Shadows was an ABC gothic series that ran from 1966 to 1971 and was a show that featured vampires, witches, warlocks, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. The show became a success, particularly when the signature character of Barnabas Collins (played by Jonathan Frid in the show and set to be played Depp in the new version) was introduced about a year into its run. Like Alice in Wonderland, this is a pretty perfect matching to Burton’s style and the type of roles Depp plays.

The collaboration between Burton and Depp steam rolls on and it’s showing no signs of stopping. But as a fan of their work together, I wouldn’t want it to stop. Count me as very much looking forward to Dark Shadows.

How about you: are you looking forward to Burton and Depp’s next collaboration, Dark Shadows? Have you seen the original TV series? Do you think Depp will make a good vampire and give Twilight a run for its money?

As stated, Dark Shadows is set to start shooting in the Fall (September or October) of 2010. There’s no word on a release date as of yet.

Sources: SciFiWire (thanks to /Film)

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  1. Ah, memories of my youth.
    This should be promising.
    I have to say I have liked ALMOST everything Burton has done so far, except for his “Planet of the overly made-up monkey sex kittens” and his absolutely dreadful “adaptation” of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece “Sweeney Todd” (Burton managed to turn it into “Sweeney Dull”, and let’s face it: Depp is NOT a singer, as much as I admire him as an actor).

    So, Dark Shadows, sounds like a romp! And the nice thing is, it has a certain “camp value” to it, meaning Burton could let loose with his usual humorous undercurrent.

  2. Dark Shadows is kind of a tradition in my family, I used to watch it with my mom, who used to watch it with hers. I’m also a huge fan of both Depp and Burton, so I’ve been going crazy about this ever since the rumors came out. Now that everything is official and starting to happen I can finally relax and really get excited! This totally just made my day, thanks!

  3. This is tremendous news. I heard that Depp is suppose to film Pirates 4 in May of next year but now I am reading that it may not happen next year. Just wondering if they will move up the shooting on the Dark Shadows movie if Pirates 4 is not going to be shot.

  4. I’m going to date myself horribly, but Dark Shadows something I eagerly looked forward to seeing after I came home from school (other kids watched cartoons after school, I watched Dark Shadows…).

    So, when I heard that Dark Shadows is about to hit the big screen, with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, I was going to be there for it anyway, but now that it’s official … I’m definitely there. :)

  5. I’m looking forward to this. Dark Shadows should return. There’s a Big Finish audio series I believe. But the show deserves so much more. During a time when vampire was solely synonymous with Count Dracula, Dark Shadows brought us Barnabas Collins. He was the precursor for all the other non-Dracula vampires that followed. Godspeedn Depp and Burton

  6. All well and good, but DS remakes seldom do well; remember the 1990 version?

    It was jinxed by one telling detail: The actor that played Barnabas…after all, when casting a vampire, why choose an actor named Ben CROSS??

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099363/

  7. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp together again? Yes please!! I can’t get enough of the two of them. Genius director and genius actor

  8. twistedburton, i couldn’t have said it better. What a team those two make. I knew J-dawg was doing this movie, but i didn’t know that Tim Burton was directing it. YAY!

  9. Dark Shadows was crap!

  10. Never heard of it before, but if it is a weird creepy gothic thing, then cant go wrong with Burton and Depp.

  11. Sam Beckett, just troll through the PBS channels and you’ll catch the reruns.

    The show is comically bad,,,
    The only thing remarkable about it was that it was broadcast “live” during its run in the UK,,,

    Its a lame vampire soap opera that sucked in the 60′s and it will continue to suck even with Depp and Burton…
    I can’t believe their wasting their time on this,,,

  12. Id much rather see Burton direct Depp in POTC, that would be such a cool combination, might also make those flicks suck less.

  13. That would be cool if Burton directed a POTC film, but… I dunno about that. I don’t think he would and I don’t think they’d want him to. His style is too drastically different compared to the first 3 films. And back to this Dark Shadows thing… I don’t know much about it either, but I bet Burton can do SOMETHING with it. I mean come on 790 I don’t think Burton would do this project if he didn’t have something in mind for it. I trust his judgment.

  14. I for one will not miss this. Ran home from school to watch this back in the day. My dear 790…this was the 60′s Dawg, and it was cool back then….and where else could you get a glimpse of a monster in the afternoon? Barnabus Collins IS Mr. Depp and Burton is the only one who can pull this off.

  15. I love everything tim burton and johnny depp do together end of story….The comment at the end of the page? If johnny depp would hold a candle to robert pattinson and twilight… please did u even need to ask that… its johhny depp who is a god…

  16. Dark Shadows scared the %^#% out of me.
    It was like you could almost feel Barnabas leering and sneering through the walls, undulating and breathing a palatible fear, a presence of Death. I guess you had to be here, to believe it. Sounds like good fun!

  17. hi i love u tim and jan

  18. It would be wonderful if Jonathan Frid had a cameo role in this. If he’s going to be asked, they’d better hurry up, as he’ll be turning 86 this year. Currently retired in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, not far from his birthplace of Hamilton, he has a website jonathanfrid.com – check it out!