The eighth time is the charm. At long last, Deadline is confirming that Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton will be teaming up for the big-screen adaptation of the '60s vampire-themed TV show "Dark Shadows" that both have been tentatively attached to for a while. And, as an added bonus, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" writer Seth Grahame-Smith is going to be penning the script for the flick.
Depp will be playing the vampire Barnabas Collins, a role he's always been thirsty to tackle. The TV show was most popular when the 200-year-old vampire villain was introduced to its mythology, so it can be assumed that the film version will follow his story line. This will be both Burton and Depp's first time making a vampire film ("Ed Wood" was a film about making a vampire film).
Production is set to begin in April, which looks like bad news for some of the other projects Depp has been actually and reportedly attached to. Earlier this week it was rumored that he might be the Huntsman in the upcoming action-adventure "Snow White and the Huntsman," but that's supposed to go into production at around the same time as "Shadows"... so it looks Snow White will need to find another badass mentor. It also doesn't bode well for Depp's role in Kathryn Bigalow's "Triple Frontier," though Deadline said Mark Wahlberg is the likely back-up.
On the other hand, "Dark Shadows" gives us hope that our suggestion that Depp play Lincoln in the upcoming adaptation of "Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" might come to fruition. Burton is already set to produce the flick, and we already know how much he loves working with Depp. Plus, as we said before, "Lincoln" was written by Grahame-Smith, who's now writing "Dark Shadows." Sounds like a no-brainer to us.
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