Dark Shadows Confirmed for a Fall 2010 Start Date

Johnny DeppOver the past few years news stories about the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp version of Dark Shadows have popped up every couple of months, and today another one came along in which we finally got solid confirmation as to the film’s start day. To that I can only say “Hooray!”

Producer Graham King (whose credits include Gangs of New York, The Aviator, and The Departed) told Sci Fi Wire that the film will begin production in the fall with Depp portraying his childhood hero, Barnabas Collins.

Burton is still finishing post-production on Alice in Wonderland, which also stars Depp and opens March 5, 2010. King is already prepping production on Dark Shadows with screenwriters so that it is ready for Burton to shoot next fall. “We’ve been working on the script a lot, even though he’s working on Alice,” King said. “We’ve been given a script. John August wrote the first screenplay. We’re making some changes, but the film’s going to be in production … September or October of next year.”

King also hinted that the Dark Shadows film would have something to say in the post-Twilight world of emo vampires but wouldn’t spoil the new take. “This is going to be Tim Burton and Johnny doing a vampire movie, right?” King teased. Right!

Keep it here for more as it comes.

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  • elric300

    Well, finally. Maybe now we’ll finally get the reconstruction of the second Dark Shadows film, NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS. The restoration has been held up as MGM\Warners wants to wait until the new movie. Which has been taking forever.

    Oh, both men work separately fine, but they’re awesome together. Not to mention the studios LOVE the collaboration. VERY good for marketing.

  • kiddcapone

    Does Burton and Depp hold each other’s cocks when they take a piss too? I love Dark Shadows. I think Depp is an interesting choice for Barnabas. But come on…can either of these two guys make a film without each other any more? It’s just strange…

  • Permafrost

    Not that I’m against this at all, but does Tim Burton direct any original ideas anymore or is he now a full-time “redux” director?