It has been confirmed by Deadline that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s 8th collaboration will be Dark Shadows, a gothic-horror tale centering on the life of vampire Barnabas Collins and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts. The original TV series ran from 1966-1971 and Warner Bros. purchased the rights to make it into a movie in 2007.
We’re all familiar with Tim Burton’s style by now so we can expect Dark Shadows to be weird and wonderful. It’s early days yet but Helena Bonham Carter will probably appear (she’s been in every Burton film since 2001) and Depp can add another iconic role to his resume to sit alongside the Mad Hatter, Edward Scissorhands, Jack Sparrow, Sweeney Todd etc.
The April start date means Depp will probably have to rule himself out of Kathryn Bigelow’s Sleeping Dogs with Tom Hanks which is also shooting early next year, unless of course they can work something out. Dark Shadows will likely be released sometime in 2012.