Dark Shadows Update
With Tim Burton's extensively zany career, it really is a wonder that he has yet to tackle the most popular monster on the block, vampires. Looking to remedy that, about a year ago Burton signed on to direct the big screen adaptation of the “1960's gothic TV soap opera” Dark Shadows.
During it's five year run from 1966 – 1971, Dark Shadows introduced vampires, werewolfs, warlocks, monsters, and time travel to day time television and ran for over 1200 episodes. The story's most popular character, a vampire named Barnabus Collins will be portrayed by none other than Tim Burton's man-puppet Johnny Depp, also taking his first crack at the fanged foes.
It's been a while since we heard anything about the project, and given Burton's massive commitment over at Disney with Alice in Wonderland and Frankenweenie, it was fair to wonder if this more oddball film would ever get going. But now producer Graham King tells Sci-Fi Wire he is working with screenwriters right now to get everything finalized for a fall shoot next year.
The one clear downside is that there's already a vampire soap opera running its course through the veins of American cinema and as The Vampires Assistant proved, there's not much room for anything else to be on the market. King doesn't seem to think this will be a problem promising Dark Shadows won't “spoil the new take” on emo vampires.
King says, "This is going to be Tim Burton and Johnny doing a vampire movie, right?" We sure hope so.
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