Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s long-gestating adaptation of the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows will begin production in April, Deadline reports, three months later than originally planned.
That change likely means that Depp will be unable to co-star with Tom Hanks in Triple Frontier, Kathryn Bigelow’s South American organized-crime drama.
Dark Shadows, which aired weekdays on ABC from 1966 to 1971, was set in Collinsport, Maine, where governess Victoria Winters arrived at the Collins estate in search of her mysterious origins. But the Collins family had its own secrets, including cousin Barnabas, a 200-year-old vampire from England. Created by producer Dan Curtis, the widely popular series moved beyond vampires to introduce ghosts, werewolves, zombies, witches, time travel and even a parallel universe. A primetime remake aired, if only briefly, on NBC in 1991.
Warner Bros. bought the film rights in 2007, quickly teaming with Depp, who’s long wanted to play Barnabas Collins. Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and Graham King’s GK Films are producing the adaptation. Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, penned the new draft of the adaptation.
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