Burton and Depp to Collaborate on Dark Shadows Remake

As reported by a number of different sources, most of which are drawing from the original IESB.net release, Tim Burton will be directing a film adaptation of the 1960s gothic soap opera Dark Shadows. It’s looking likely that Johnny Depp will be involved as well– his production company, Infinitum-Nihil, has been developing the property, and he’s said in at least one interview that when he was a kid, he wanted to be Barnabas Collins, the vampiric lead character.

So how do werewolves fit in? For those of you who don’t know, Dark Shadows wasn’t just gothic, it was all about the supernatural. The main character was a 175-year-old vampire, and werewolves, ghosts, witches and zombies were regular additions to the cast. It remains to be seen how Burton, Depp and John August (the writer tasked with adapting the story to the big screen) will condense a TV series that ran for 5 years into a 2-hour film, but you can bet that lycanthropes will be involved.