Over 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!
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