June 02, 2008
Johnny "Vampire" Depp
The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory team of director Tim Burton, actor Johnny Depp, and screenwriter John August are now working on a big screen version of the cult-classic TV series Dark Shadows.
Burton will direct/produce, Depp will star, and August will write the script. Depp would play the lead role of vampire patriarch Barnabas Collins, played on the original 1966-71 series by Jonathan Frid and in a short-lived 1990s revival by Ben Cross.
John August also wrote Big Fish, and Corpse Bride for Buton and Dark Wonderland for American McGee and Wes Craven.
As he was wrapping shooting on Sweeney Todd, Depp came into possession of the rights to Dark Shadows last year for his Infinitum-Nihil Productions set up at Warner Bros.