Dark Shadows Begins Shooting Next Fall

dark-shadowsWhile this is only incremental news, Sci-Fi Wire sat down in a roundtable with Dark Shadows producer Graham King, who confirmed that Tim Burton’s remake will begin shooting sometime next fall. Burton is currently finishing post-production on Alice in Wonderland, set for a March 5th, 2010 release, and prepping the Dark Shadows script with the screenwriters. According to Sci-Fi Wire:

“We’ve been working on the script a lot, even though he’s working on Alice,” King continued. “We’ve been given a script. John August wrote the first screenplay. We’re making some changes, but the film’s going to be in production, as I say, September or October of next year.”

Dark Shadows was a TV series that ran on ABC between 1966 and 1971. It had gothic elements that were considered bold for TV at the time. One of the more popular characters, vampire Barnabas Collins, as played by Jonathan Frid in the original, will be getting a new face: Johnny Depp, for whom it has been a lifetime dream to play Collins. Whether the update will break new horror ground remains to be seen, but as King reminds us, “This is going to be Tim Burton and Johnny doing a vampire movie, right?”