Sunday, September 7, 2008

Johnny Depp Remaking Dark shadows...

I had heard about this some time ago, but hadn't heard anything lately. I found an article from that confirms that Johnny Depp is remaking Dark Shadows. I think this is AWESOME! Dark Shadows is one of my favorite all-time TV shows. I think Barnabas Collins is such a unique vampire... a reluctant "monster" if you will. I have to admit, some of the elements of my vampire in my book are similar to Jonathan Frid's character, Barnabas. Barnabas was such an interesting character. He was evil, but he didn't want to be. He needed blood, but he desperately wanted to be human again. Jonathan Frid turned Dark Shadows into a cult favorite. I have mentioned before that he was only going to be on the show for about 3 weeks and the show was scheduled to be canceled... the fans would not allow that to happen. The show was on almost 6 years from 1966-1971. I loved the show as a kid and have since watch over 80hours of the show on DVD. I'm really looking forward to Depp's take on this great show! Check out the articles below and the links as well if you're interested!

Depp lights up 'Dark Shadows'
Graham King to produce Warner feature

Johnny Depp is looking to bite into the Jonathan Frid-originated character Barnabas Collins of 'Dark Shadows.'

Depp has said in interviews that he has always been obsessed with "Dark Shadows" and had, as a child, wanted to be Barnabas Collins, the vampire patriarch of the series. The role was originated by Jonathan Frid.

A rights deal just closed with the estate of Dan Curtis, the producer/director who created the soap that aired weekdays on ABC, from 1966 to 1971. Depp and King will produce with David Kennedy, who ran Dan Curtis Prods. until Curtis died last year of a brain tumor. Infinitum-Nihil's Christi Dembrowski served as the point person on the deal.

Over 1,225 episodes, "Dark Shadows" was a highly atmospheric, spooky soap that featured gothic horror staples like vampires, monsters, witches, werewolves, ghosts and zombies. The show has a continuing rabid fan base that populates Dark Shadows Festival conventions. Numerous TV revivals of the series and pic adaptations have been attempted over the years but none with as high-wattage a star as Depp.

Depp, who is coming off "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" and who just wrapped the Tim Burton-directed "Sweeney Todd," is next expected to star in "Shantaram," a Mira Nair-directed adaptation of the Gregory David Roberts novel that Depp, King and Plan B are producing for Warner Bros. Depp, King and WB are also mobilizing to make a film about the life of Alexander Litvinenko, with Depp poised to play the former KGB agent, who was fatally poisoned.

Here is the link and a copy of an article that says that Depp will team of with director Tim Burton on Dark Shadows...
Burton, August & Depp Reteam on Dark Shadows
Source: June 2, 2008 has learned, via an interview with director Peter Segal, that the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and "Corpse Bride" team of Tim Burton, John August and Johnny Depp are reuniting for Dark Shadows.

Burton will reportedly direct the Warner Bros. feature based on the '60s supernatural TV show from a script by August. Johnny Depp's Infinitum-Nihil and GK Films are producing and Depp has had interest in playing Barnabas Collins, the vampire patriarch of the series, but that hasn't been confirmed.

Over 1,225 episodes, "Dark Shadows" was a highly atmospheric, spooky soap that featured gothic horror staples like vampires, monsters, witches, werewolves, ghosts and zombies.

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