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Thursday, July 30, 2009

CONFIRMED: Depp Will Star in Burton's Dark Shadows

After months of speculation, it was reported in several places earlier today, most notably Yahoo! Movies, that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are officially moving ahead with Dark Shadows as their next project. Burton will direct and Depp will star, as the duo has done seven times before in the past.

Apparently it was Depp who initiated the project, as the original 1960s/70s vampire TV soap opera has always been a bit of an obsession for him, and he had long desired to play lead vamp Barnabas Collins. For the longest time, it had basically been a foregone conclusion that the dynamic duo of surreal cinema would be moving on to Dark Shadows after wrapping up Alice in Wonderland, but now it's apparently for-real for-real. Although I think Burton has his feature-length Frankenweenie remake happening somewhere in there, as well--and Depp will be donning the mascara once again for a fourth Pirates go-round before then, too.

Not sure what took so long for the news to be officially disseminated, as sources are claiming that Depp himself announced it last week during a showing of Alice in Wonderland footage at the San Diego Comic Con. Nevertheless, these "official confirmations" have not been coming out till today. Hopefully this isn't some kind of elaborate jumping-of-the-gun. A Burton-Depp Dark Shadows has "WIN" written all over it...

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Steve Ring said...

I guess Depp is at that stage of a famous actor's career where he isn't afraid to pick roles he is completely wrong for. One movie stands high above the rest for Burton: Ed Wood. Beyond that I don't think he's lived up to his potential. I've never seen Big Fish or Sweeney Todd, though.

B-Sol said...

You really should see Big Fish, you'll probably be pleasantly surprised.

Tenebrous Kate said...

I am just so ridiculously excited for this project--it's actually kind of silly. Of all the crummy teevee shows that could actually do pretty well with a new movie adaptation, "Dark Shadows" is at the very tippy-top of my list. Now I'm all excited to read about which timeline of the story Burton is going to explore!

<--geeking out.

B-Sol said...

Kate, I'm right with you on this. It might have been a cheesy soap at heart, but I was obsessed with it as a kid. I can't wait for this.

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