Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, will write a new draft of Dark Shadows, Tim Burton’s long-gestating adaptation of the gothic soap opera. The Warner Bros. film is set to begin production in January, Deadline reports.
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 Johnny Depp, who’s long wanted to play Barnabas Collins. Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and Graham King’s GK Films are producing the adaptation.
Dark Shadows will be Grahame-Smith’s second project with Burton. In March, Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted) bought the film rights to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter with their own money. Bekmambetov will likely direct.
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