The Art of Darkness

Depp to Star in Dark Shadows Movie

June 18th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Warner Brothers has obtained the rights to produce a feature film based on the 60’s soap opera Dark Shadows. Johnny Depp will portray vampire Barnabas Collins.

It looks like Tim Burton is on board to direct, and the screenplay is being written by John August, who did the scripts for Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Big Fish. So it sounds like they’ve got “surreal” all sewn up.

The Dark Shadows TV show makes The X-Files look positively straightforward by comparison. During its five-year run it managed to wedge in vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies, witches, and Frankenstein-type monsters, not to mention time travel and parallel universes. It’ll be interesting to see how they manage to pare all that down into a two-hour movie.

Here are links to a couple of articles about the upcoming film:

Variety

E! Online

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