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Tim Burton Talks Dark Shadows - with Johnny Depp, Of Course!

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As we first told you about back in December…

Tim Burton is jumping on the vampire bandwagon and announced himself - officially - that his next project would be a remake of the 60's cult classic Dark Shadows. The story follows an ancient 175-year-old vampire named Barnabas Collins, who pines away for a lost love.

And who will be playing this iconic vampire? We'll give you one guess…Johnny Depp. Who else is even in Tim Burton films?

Though the production might have to wait until Johnny finishes the fourth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean, they both couldn't be thrilled more about their eighth collaboration.

Johnny says: "I was obsessed with Barnabas Collins. I have photographs of me holding Barnabas Collins posters when I was five or six."

We're going to suppose that Helena Bonham Carter will be in it as well, just because, you know, it's a Tim Burton movie.

Does this flick idea intrigue U?

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91 comments to “Tim Burton Talks Dark Shadows - with Johnny Depp, Of Course!”

  1. 1

    i love tim burton! first?

  2. 2

    How about that, mr. doubting mustafa?

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  4. 4

    anything with johnny depp is amazing

  5. 5

    Sounds SO much better than Twilight, at least this has substance. And Johnny Depp.

    Johnny Depp > Robert Pattinson
    Edward Scissorhands > Edward Cullen

  6. 6

    um HELLO hell yes!!!!

  7. 7

    Of course Depp is in it….HE OWNS THE RIGHTS TO THE MOVIE! Depp was involved before Burton…..should be a decent flick..IF they do it right…

  8. 8

    I heard about this film uh…. LAST YEAR. nothing new.

  9. 9

    Hellz yeah!! Sounds fricken amazing!!

  10. 10

    Sounds excellent! Love Tim Burton, anything he does is amazing in my eyes! He's also doing a version of 1984, that will be AMAZING.

  11. 11


    Johnny and Helena= pure lust

  12. 12

    im excited! you cant go wrong with burton & depp

  13. 13

    Mabez. Anything Tim Burton usually intrigues me.

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  15. 15

    OMG!!!! i used to watch this show ALLL the time. I was obsessed. that makes me so happy! & with johnny no less? & most likely helena? Dream come true!!

  16. weesa says – reply to this


    This will be fabulous! I remember watching Dark Shadows when I was a kid!

  17. 17

    i heart true blood

  18. 18

    I'm so there!

  19. 19

    tim burton and johnny depp is always a must see. love them both.

  20. 20

    Oh course, It's Tim Burton who is a genius!

  21. 21

    YAY!!!! yes!!!! time burton and johnny are as good as it gets.

  22. 22

    i wish i could interview them and ask: " Tim, Johnny, who's the top and who's the bottom?" lol

  23. er177 says – reply to this


    I used to LOVE Dark Shadows and Johnny Depp will be an AWESOME Barnabas Collins. I just hope Helena Bonham Carter is not Josette! She's fugly but witch-like so she would be good as Angelique!

  24. 24

    Awesome!! Another Tim Burton/Johnny Depp pairing! I can't wait!!

  25. 25

    This should be interesting if it is done right. Johnny can bite me anytime for practice.

  26. 26

    Hell Yeah!!

  27. 27

    I love Dark Shadows and would definitely see this. Bonham-Carter would be good as Dr. Hoffman.

  28. 28

    Dark Shadows is amazing.
    I hope that Burton and Depp don't screw it up.

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  30. 30

    I love Dark Shadows SO SO MUCH! I have the original series AND the revival on DVD and I can't WAIT for Tim Burton to make a movie of it…and Johnny Depp as Barnabas? Seriously ICING ON THE CAKE! OMG!

  31. 31

    I love Tim Burton's films…. I would love to watch the new movie Dark Shadows too.. Can't wait for it…

  32. 32

    vampires, johnny depp, and tim burton…. yeah that does intrigue me! I'm so excited!

  33. 33

    Tim Burton - Please think of Mika for a small role!

    Mika & You Look at the world in the same distorted way!

  34. 34

    OMG I love Dark Shadows…this should be fun!

  35. 35

    Love it, and btw Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are both great talents. If I were Tim Burton I would put them in all of my movies too.

  36. 36

    Um,,,YES!!! Oh I cannot wait to see how this one turns out! (Johnny Depp is exactly the type of actor I pictured for Edward. Screw Pattinson and Lautner. Neither one of them fits the characters, but its all good. The book is way better anyway.) This will be a cool movie since Burton is always so twisted on his storylines. Mmmm…can't wait!

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  38. 38

    no. everybody just quit the vampire movies and come up with an original idea

  39. 39

    Hells yes it intrigues me. Anything Tim Burton + Depp= GOLD!

  40. 40

    My mom used to make me watch dark shadows rerun's…. I can't wait to see it!

  41. 41

    What could be better?
    You get an awesome amazing director Tim Burton
    and one of the best actors ever Johnny Depp
    that movie is going to kick ass
    :) :) :)
    Cant wait!!!

  42. 42

    Tim Burton needs to find a new muse. I'm so sick of seeing Johnny Depp in practically every movie of his. I'm also sick of Helena Bonham Carter. Some of the roles he gives her don't suit her.
    Tim Burton, please get some new actors.
    The one's you have are getting stale.

  43. 43

    OMG THERES A 4th PIRATES!!! YESSS!! and i love burton and we only need depp and carter. they're awesome together.

  44. 44

    Can't wait!! Burton+Depp=EPIC WIN

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  46. 46

    Re: youjumpijumpjack – well said.

  47. 47

    I remember running home from school to watch Dark Shadows…only the shadow knows LOL. I would love to see Tim Burton remake this but to heck with remaking it as a movie, how about bringing it back as a weekly series for television. It would be so cool to see Tim Burton do a weekly tv show. I also think that Johnny Depp is a great pic for the movie because he can really play a dark, quirky character well. Although Barnabus Collins was a vamp, he was a bit on the odd side…very Willy Wonkaesq in some ways. I can't wait to see it!!!!

  48. 48

    oh yes please!
    let's show twilight fan how a good movie about vampires is!;D
    Perez, get over the fact that Tim+Helena+Johnny= pure gold.
    it's true they're always together making a movie, but hello, every single movie the do is HELLAMAZING!^^

  49. 49

    Re: sara_beara – we're in 2!;D

  50. 50

    Oh hell-to-the-yeah! Loved Dark Shadows. It was the only cool soap on TV back in those days. . . The first cult classic, even before The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Damn if Burton doesn't come up with the coolest shit!

  51. 51

    PS ~ Helena will probably play the vampiress, Victoria. SEXY!!!

  52. 52

    aumm.. YES!!

    I am down for anything burton. i don't care if johnny and helena are the only two characters in the movie.. i will watch it because you know burton's directing will not disappoint.

  53. Jayro says – reply to this


    His & Johnny Depp's collaborations are always fairly good, but I am getting tired of it. It's not exciting anymore. It's just the same old song & dance & it's boring now.
    Why can't he try to find some great new people to work with?

  54. 54


    the burton / depp flicks are cool

    but this is now becoming a but REDUNDANT

    why not find another talent to play the part…?

    burton needs to stop repeating his casting choices

  55. 55

    o.O YAY!! I can't wait!!

  56. 56

    love tim burton…love love johnny depp…..want to know if it's possible for one to exist without the other…..

  57. 57

    Here's hoping! I'd love to see it.

  58. 58

    tim buron+johnny depp=a good movie
    it's a fact.

  59. 59

    Can't wait. I'm so old, but I was a HUGE DS fan…AND Johnny too. Oh I can't stand the wait.

  60. 60

    Anything by Tim Burton and/or with Helena Bonham Carter interests me.

  61. 61

    i'll see anything with johnny depp made by tim burton.. i love that they have such a close professional relationship like that …. its GREAT !

  62. 62

    Re: sara_beara – …………what a FUCKIN AWESOME response!

  63. pj88 says – reply to this


    Its going to be great! I loved watching re-runs of this show when I was a kid. I don't remember everything about it, but I remember a housekeeper that always wore black and new "the secrets". This would be a great part for Helena.

  64. 64

    Even though they all the films start with the same cast, If it's not broke why fix it…. Since nightmare before Christmas, every Tim Burton film I have seen has been fantastic! And it's not like the characters come to life as Johnny Depp.

  65. 65

    You had me at Johnny Depp :)

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  68. 68

    Tim Burton is an amazing director, so anyone who HAS a problem with him just needs to go watch his movies. And I'm pretty sure Helena said she wouldn't be working with him anymore in his movies after Alice In Wonderland.

  69. 69

    This is a FANTASTIC idea!

  70. 70

    I luv tim burton!!! And johnny depp :)

  71. 71

    Yes it does, and it doesn't bother me at all that Johnny and Tim work together that often, because together they make magic. They make new classic fairy tales for teens and grown-ups.

  72. 72

    Johnny Depp is hot! Ive seen almost every movie he's been in!

    I hope that when people find out the Johnny will be playing a vampire they don't automatically vision him as Edward Cullen

    Go Team Edward Scissorhands!

  73. 73

    It's time for a big screen Dark Shadows! And the only people who could do it justice are Depp and Burton. I've never seen Twilight, I tried to read some of the book but it was insipid crapola.

  74. 74

    I'm the same age as Johnny Depp and "Dark Shadows" meant so much to me as a child. I waited and waited for it to come on each day and then I would watch it from behind a chair because I was scared! This show started me on my obsession with horror films. This is no "Twilight", this is GOOD. Can't wait, can't wait!!

  75. 75

    When is going to do something new and different? Same dark crap with the same actor is getting old!

  76. 76

    As long as they don't fuck it up!
    That show was the shit back in the day.

  77. 77

    as long as those two make movies together my life makes sense. hahahaha!

  78. 78

    well duh of course i will.. i love tim burton and johnny depp!! it also sounds better than twilight

  79. 79


    I will most definitely be watching(;

  80. 80

    Re: sara_beara – haha I was gonna say the same thing

  81. 81

    it makes one wonder, how many characters can this johnny depp play and portray?

  82. 82

    yes yes yes!

  83. 83

    Re: LisaRose – I was doing exactly the same - hiding behind a chair - thank goodness its Depp and Burton no one else would do it justice. and nice Totoro avatar!

  84. 84

    can't wait 2 c it

  85. 85

    yes! i cant wait! him & depp make great movies!!!

  86. 86

    more Depp and Burton? love it ;)

  87. 87

    love Tim Burton! i hope Helena Bonham Carter is in it!! she suits his films so much!

  88. 88

    Jonny as a vampire sounds awesome. If Alan Rickman's is also in it, then I'm really excited. About the film, i mean.

  89. 89

    Leave it to Burton to do vampires right :)

    And I would watch Helena Bonham Carter read a phone book, so she better be in it.

  90. 90

    Tim Burton + Johnny Depp = amazing

    If you add Carter also it would make it even more amazing.

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