I absolutely loved Dark Shadows back in the 1960s; my mother would watch it for me and report on what happened, since I didn’t get out of school in time to run home for it.
This announcment has made my day! Dreams do come true!
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Number 173. July 26, 2007.
Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,
ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS),
announces the following just-breaking news.
**** JOHNNY DEPP’S PRODUCTION COMPANY & GK FILMS PLAN TO DEVELOP NEW DARK
SHADOWS MOVIE FOR WARNER BROTHERS
Daily Variety will publish the following article in tomorrow’s (July 27)
Depp lights up 'Dark Shadows’
Graham King to produce Warner feature
By Michael Fleming
Johnny Depp is getting in touch with his inner vampire.
Warner Bros. is teaming with Depp’s Infinitum-Nihil and Graham King’s GK
Films to develop a feature based on the '60s daytime supernatural sudser “Dark
Depp has said in interviews that he has always been obsessed with “Dark
Shadows” and had, as a child, wanted to be Barnabas Collins, the vampire patriarch
of the series. The role was originated by Jonathan Frid.
A rights deal just closed with the estate of Dan Curtis, the
producer/director who created the soap that aired weekdays on ABC, from 1966 to 1971. Depp and
King will produce with David Kennedy, who ran Dan Curtis Prods. until Curtis
died last year of a brain tumor. Infinitum-Nihil’s Christi Dembrowski served
as the point person on the deal.
Over 1,225 episodes, “Dark Shadows” was a highly atmospheric, spooky soap
that featured gothic horror staples like vampires, monsters, witches, werewolves,
ghosts and zombies. The show has a continuing rabid fan base that populates
Dark Shadows Festival conventions.
Numerous TV revivals of the series and pic adaptations have been attempted
over the years but none with as high-wattage a star as Depp.
Depp, who is coming off “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and who
just wrapped the Tim Burton-directed “Sweeney Todd,” is next expected to star in
"Shantaram," a Mira Nair-directed adaptation of the Gregory David Roberts
novel that Depp, King and Plan B are producing for Warner Bros. Depp, King and WB
are also mobilizing to make a film about the life of Alexander Litvinenko,
with Depp poised to play the former KGB agent, who was fatally poisoned.
**** SHADOWGRAM NOTE:
Johnny Depp’s company and Dan Curtis Productions have been in discussion for
several years about the possibility of teaming for a Dark Shadows film. The
development of a script, which will now begin, can take months and sometimes
years. But hopefully, the process will run smoothly with the possibility that
filming could begin as early as 2008, though even in a best-case scenario a
finished film may not appear before 2009. It is also much too early to speculate on
any further casting ideas, though there is a hope that some original DS
actors may be utilized in some capacity.
ShadowGram will follow-up with further developments in coming print and
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