Johnny Depp's 'Dark Shadows' Movie: New Details

Johnny Depp's 'Dark Shadows' Movie: New Details-photo

Johnny Depp won't be giving himself much of a break once he hangs up his Jack Sparrow costume.

The 47-year-old Sweeney Todd heartthrob—who's currently filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (that is, when he isn't busy giving British schoolchildren the thrill of a lifetime)—will reportedly begin filming his next project, a big-screen adaptation of the vampire soap opera Dark Shadows, in February. 

As previously reported, Depp will take up the role of 175-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins, who in the original series found himself living in Collinwood, Maine, with his extended family after being sealed in his coffin by his father since 1795. Helming the movie will be longtime Depp collaborator Tim Burton, who's worked with the actor on the aforementioned Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Edward Scissorhands.

Depp has said of the project, 

"Tim and I have tossed the idea for Dark Shadows over the years. It was a TV program in the States in the late 60s and early 70s that I remember watching as a kid. I was obsessed with this character, Barnabas Collins, who was a vampire. I came to find out many years later that when he was a kid, Tim ran home like I did to watch that Gothic soap opera. It was a very strange thing back then.We looked at ways to go, story-wise. We've started to come up with something interesting."

Do you think that Depp will be able to stand out in an already crowded field of sexy vampires? Let us know in the comments section. But first, check out Jonathan Frid in the role of Collins in a clip from the original Dark Shadows series below.



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  • Dan Demianiw
    Dan Demianiw

    I think burton should try to get Mrs.Alexandra Moltke Isles to play the role as Elizabeth Staddard Collons. She would be great doing that role. Dan.

  • mary

    he looks so dirty..take a shower...yak

  • xfmch

    and sleepy hollow

  • angela

    You forgot the film Ed Wood in 1995.

  • Viens

    Hes got alot to live up to but he is the only one that I could see in the role. Good luck and we will be spreading the news because it is a family shared show through out the generations! One suggestion for the role of the father is Patrick Stewart.

  • Sandra G
    Sandra G

    Ooooohhhh yeah!! Does anyone else hope and pray Helena is going to be in this movie too?

  • Arlette

    If Depp & Burton can't do justice to "Dark Shadows", NOBODY can. As for Depp playing a vampire, it's about time!

  • Stacey

    I would love to see Johnny Depp as a vampire,I will so let him bite my neck!!!!!!!!

  • Corlaee Stowers
    Corlaee Stowers

    I remember the old show as well (also have most of the books) I hurried home from work at my first job to get home in time for at least the last half of it. I think Johnny Depp would make an awesome vampire and I would certainly want to see it.

  • Suzy Jewels
    Suzy Jewels

    He will do an awesome job as always, can't wait!

  • Norma Jean
    Norma Jean

    Can't think of anyone else I love to see as a Vampire....Yum.