Friday, November 5, 2010

Tim Burton & Johnny Depp Turn to Vampires Soap Opera with DARK SHADOWS Remake

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Johnny Depp’s next film (after finishing the next installment of Pirates of the Caribbean) will be the Tim Burton re-imagining of the classic vampire soap opera Dark Shadows.

Apparently, Johnny Depp loved Dark Shadows show as a child and has been pushing the project with Burton's help for quite a few years. The film will start production April 2011.

Depp will portray Barnabas Collins, a vampire living in a Maine manor who is searching for his lost love.
If you're like me and you've I'never seen Dark Shadows here is some information about the series (which by the way seems like a much better show than Days of Our Lives, All My Children, etc.):
Dark Shadows is a gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966 to April 2, 1971. The show was created by Dan Curtis, who tells of a dream he had in which a girl takes a long train ride to visit a large mansion. The story "bible," which was written by Art Wallace, does not mention any supernatural elements. It was unprecedented in daytime television when ghosts were introduced about six months after it began.
The series became hugely popular when, a year into its run, vampire Barnabas Collins (played by Jonathan Frid) appeared. Dark Shadows also featured werewolves, ghosts, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel (both into the past and into the future), and a parallel universe. 
 I've had about enough of vampires over the last couple of years, but Depp and Burton do routinely make some unique and unforgettable movies.  

What do you guys think? Are we done with vampires? Or is this exciting to you?


  1. Lara Parker was incredibly HAWT as Angelique (the second image in this blog) and I sincerely hope they can find an actress who will be able to carry off the supernatural attractiveness she possessed.

  2. I've not watched them yet, but apparently you can see a few episodes of this soap opera on HULU =
    Might be interesting to see what Mr. Depp is so excited about.

  3. I loved Dark Shadows as a kid. My cousins got me started watching it. Every kid had a crush on Barnabas. Watching now as an adult, it was a bit cheesy, and the acting wasn't the best. Still it was a fun show, and Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins will only make it better. Can't wait to see the remake with him!! Whoever plays Angelique has to have big blue eyes!!

  4. I was absolutely in love with Barnabas Collins - I like Johnny Depp but hard right now to picture him instead of Jonathan Frid! Can't wait to see it though.

  5. Barnabas Collins is the reason why I have had a fasination with vampires my whole life. I definitly am not tired of them and am dying to see Johnny Depp play Banrabas. He's so talented, I think he will be fantastic. I cannot wait to see it!!!!