After collaborating on several films, from 1990's Edward Scissorhands to this year's blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp will recreate the vampire tale of Dark Shadows, set to begin production in April 2011.
Based on the popular daytime television soap opera from the 1960s, Dark Shadows follows vampire Barnabas Collins, to be portrayed by Depp, and assorted witches, werewolves and ghosts. After this gothic story had been postponed for various projects, the new shoot date was reported by the Hollywood blog Deadline.
The script is by
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies novelist Seth Grahame-Smith and John August, who wrote the
Big Fish screenplay for Burton.
Another long-time collaborator with Burton, Danny Elfman, will compose the musical score.
Currently in production with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Depp will next be seen in The Tourist with Angelina Jolie opening December 10. Other films coming up are Rango, an animated film by Gore Verbinski due in theaters March 2011, and The Rum Diary based on a Hunter S. Thompson story.
Other projects Depp has on his schedule that may require juggling are Kathryn Bigelow's Triple Frontier and Snow White and the Huntsman.
Burton is also working on a feature-length animated film, Frankenweenie, based on his short film and planned for release in March 2012.