If any of you are surprised by this latest production news you obviously haven’t been following Johnny Depp’s career over the last 25 years. That man stars in everything and is constantly being courted for projects therefore, we’re not shocked that his big screen adaptation with Tim Burton entitled Dark Shadows has been pushed back.
Back in July, we reported that Dark Shadows had found a screenwriter and was scheduled to begin production in January 2011. Seth Grahame-Smith the acclaimed novelist who’s known for putting “a macabre twist to literary classics and historical figures” will pen the screenplay for the film which is based on the defunct television soap opera of the same name that ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971. Production on the film will now begin in April 2011.
Dark Shadows was a supernatural soap that centered on Barnabas Collins (played by Jonathan Frid) and all of his outer wordly antics. Depp will naturally step into the role, while his supporting cast is still being decided. A few months isn’t that much of a delay and Depp and Burton are both dedicated to bringing this story to the big screen.
The only downside to this is the monkey wrench it throws in another film’s production. Kathryn Bigelow has been courting Depp to star in her drama Sleeping Dogs (formerly Triple Frontier), which begins production in February. This is confusing because if Dark Shadows began filming in January as planned, she still wouldn’t have been able to use him. We’re hearing his runner up for that part is Mark Wahlberg.
What do you think of Dark Shadows being pushed back?