Johnny Depp: Going to the ‘Dark’ Side

 With the runaway success of Twilight, being undead is the new hotness.

Collider reports that Johnny Depp will be filling the role of vampire Barnabas Collins in an upcoming big-screen adaptation of 1960s spooky soap opera Dark Shadows, to be directed by Tim Burton.

This marks just the latest in a long and ongoing series of collaborations between the 45-year-old actor and the 50-year-old director.  The Depp and Burton feature-film juggernaut started with 1990’s Edward Scissorhands and runs right through the upcoming Alice in Wonderland remake.

Burton’s Alice, expected to arrive in 2010, will be a mix of live and computer-generated action in which Depp portrays the Mad Hatter.

Collider cites producer Richard D. Zanuck, who’s produced several of the Burton/Depp collaborations (including Alice), as saying that the Dark Shadows flick will be Burton’s next project.  Filming is to begin in the summer of 2009 in London.

Hopefully, as a movie, Dark Shadows won’t totally suck. Or, given the subject matter, perhaps it should.