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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Johnny Depp is Barnabas Collins


In the Home Theater Forum's chat with Warner Home Video Theatrical on Monday night, I was very excited to hear that they will be releasing on DVD the films, House of Dark Shadows (1970) and Night of Dark Shadows (1971), in conjunction with the new Johnny Depp movie of Dark Shadows. So it looks like it's finally coming true--Depp will be playing Barnabas Collins in the new Dark Shadows adaptation, which director Tim Burton will be shooting this summer in London.

For those of you who might not be familiar with Dark Shadows, it was a Gothic horror daytime soap opera that aired on ABC for 1,225 episodes from 1966 to 1971 and spawned the two feature films listed above. The series became hugely popular in 1967 when the character of Barnabas Collins, a nearly 200-year-old vampire, was released from his coffin and began terrorizing the town of Collinsport, Maine. During its run, the series also featured werewolves, ghosts, zombies, witches, warlocks, time travel and a parallel universe while borrowing plots from such classic tales as Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Wuthering Heights. Dark Shadows continues to have a large and loyal cult following even today, and apparently Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was a big fan of the show as was Madonna and Depp (who had a childhood obsession with the series).

And now Depp's dream of portraying the infamous vampire is becoming a reality (his involvement in the project was first announced back in 2007). If the new movie is successful, there might even be an ongoing franchise of future sequels, since there are so many different tales they can tell. I'm hoping to see some Adam and Eve, Chris Jennings and Quentin Collins someday on the silver screen.

So far I haven't heard who else has been cast in the new Dark Shadows, but for some reason Catherine Zeta-Jones sprung to my mind as a potential Dr. Julia Hoffman. And Meryl Streep would make a fabulous Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, wouldn't she? As for governess Victoria Winters, either Katie Holmes or Anne Hathaway would be perfect in the role (although I guess the latter will now be busy with her ambitious Judy Garland theater/film project). I suspect that there won't be too many other stars in the film, since Mr. Depp's Barnabas is obviously the main attraction. And I am so looking forward to seeing him take his first bite of lovely flesh as ghoulish as that may sound. He'll make a groovy vampire.

17 comments:

Michael Rivers said...

Wow! I had not heard about Depp and this movie! It should be great. I loved the re-make of the series a few years back. It only lasted one season and I can't figure out why. It was great.

Deep Dish said...

I liked the remake with Ben Cross as Barnabas as well. It's hard to believe it's been 18 years since it was on the air.

Stephen said...

I used to race home from school & skip my piano practice to watch the original after school (jezze, I am old!).
Depp i s a great choice & I like your casting choices, Marc.

Anonymous said...

So exciting! I hadn't heard ~ your blog is such a great place to visit. :)

daniel said...

Dark Shadows...the stuff legends are made of. I had the opportunity to meet all the actors (Jonathan Frid, KL Scott, Lara Parker, Joan Bennet, Nancy BArrett, Roger Davis, David Selby, Diana Millay) at a convention in the early 90's. Got amazning photos, autographs and personal interviews. Ben Cross was good in the revival, but J Depp will be phenomenal.

Anonymous said...

I too used to ditch school to come home and watch Dark Shadows. I had a huge crush on Barnabas. I am so excited for this movie to become a reality. If I was a famous actress it would be my dream to be in this movie. Johnny Depp will be an awesome Barnabas. Go Tim Burton.

Anonymous said...

Dark Shadows was and still is "my TV show." I didn't ditch school (cause I was only in elementary school), but I had a cassette tape recorder that I had my mom tape the show for me..obviously I only got audio, but that was better than nothing...still a devoted follower of DS!!!!

Kathy Traffanstedt said...

I am really excited to know Johnny Depp is going to portray Barnabus. I don't think he could screw up a film if he tried. Dark Shadows was my favorite show when I was a child & still is when I get to see it. It was such a relief for me to be able to "zone in" into something other than "Leave it to Beaver" or other just the normal shows. It was my great escape from reality.

Deep Dish said...

It's nice to know there are so many other "Dark Shadows" fans out there!

Linda said...

The PERFECT Angellque would be Sarah Michelle Gellar...she has the look for sure! She can act and the irony of "Buffy" in this role...

Rubyfrog said...

Oh my. It's true! Depp as Barnabas Collins! DS was "my" show back in elementary school as well, and now I am watching the original series on DVD with my teenage daughter.

I even read a bunch of the paperbacks after the series ended.

Tori said...

Although I'm too young to have remembered this series I have to say the cast you picked is probably the best cast that I have ever seen.

Get that group together, now.

Deep Dish said...

When I hear any definite casting choices for the new film, I will be sure to blog about them.

Anonymous said...

on youtube the full original series can be seen. I'm near 1040ish? can't remember now, it's so great, weird, twisted, yet addicting!!!! And I LOVE IT!!!!

Deep Dish said...

Anonymous, I agree with you - "Dark Shadows" is weird, twisted and definitely addicting!

Paulino said...

Ok it's Jan 7 2011 when is this movie going to be realeased?

Marc said...

Hey, Paulino, filming is finally supposed to begin in April with a 2012 release date.