Johnny Depp’s ‘Dark Shadows’ Movie: New Details

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.