Monday, December 7, 2009 at 2:15PM
Just this past Friday, in a conversation about Johnny Depp potentially playing Pancho Villa, I mentioned that the film would have to wait until Depp got through his stack of projects, among them Dark Shadows. That's the Tim Burton movie based on the ABC vampire soap opera from the 1960s and early 1970s. It's a great franchise opportunity, perfectly cut out for Depp and Burton.
We hadn't heard much about when it might happen, other than Burton saying it would probably be his next project after
Alice in Wonderland. But Sci Fi Wire caught up with producer Graham King, whose Young Victoria with
Emily Blunt is in my stack of awards screeners for the week. King told the site, "We're actually going
to shoot that film next September/October with Tim Burton and Johnny. We've been working on the script a lot, even
though he's working on Alice."
"[Frequent Burton scribe] John August wrote the first screenplay," King added. "We're making some changes, but the
film's going to be in production, as I say, September or October of next year."
The original series has enjoyed a few small surges of popularity through the years, and now that vampires are everywhere again, it feels like the time is right to add a few new wrinkles to the story. There are tons of versions of the show available on DVD, if you've never checked it out, and there was even a revival about five years ago featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
But as I said, with Depp and Burton, the gothic tale of Barnabas Collins and his clan ought to be worth watching. Depp owns the film rights to the series, and this will be his eighth collaboration with Burton, one of the more entertaining actor-director relationships of all time.