Tim Burton and Johnny Depp Rumored To Be Mulling “Dark Shadows” Adaptation

By Jason

June 4, 2008 Movies 14 Comments


It’s starting to look like Tim Burton and Johnny Depp just don’t know how to quit each other as there are solid rumors that both are mulling yet another film together.

The pair are considering an adaptation of Dark Shadows – a “Gothic soap opera” that ran from 1966 to 1971. The film, if completed would be the director and actor’s seventh collaboration together following Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Corpse Bride, and Sweeney Todd.

Dark Shadows is based on the prolific 60′s soap opera that told of an enormous mansion and delved into all manner of supernatural elements, the most famous of which was vampire Barnabus Collins (who didn’t actually appear until late in the show’s run).

John August (who previously worked with Burton on Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Corpse Bride) will be writing the screenplay.

Right now both Burton’s and Depp’s involvement as an actor are just rumors although Depp is apparently on board as producer. Both filmmakers are hard at work on other projects so timetable has been announced or even suggested. It is assumed that both would have to finish at least one other project before moving on to this one (a motion-capture version of Alice in Wonderland for Burton and Mira Nair’s Shantaram for Depp who is just finishing up his work on Public Enemies for Michael Mann).

What do you think? Should these two get a room already? Does another Burton/Depp collaboration sound like a good idea to you?

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